Prior to Dead Man's Cell Phone, to begin Feb. 8, 2008, Camp will again appear at NYTW in Beckett Shorts with Mikhail Baryshnikov in December.
As previously announced, Tony Award winner Mary-Louise Parker, currently seen as a drug-dealing mom on the Showtime TV series "Weeds," will answer a Dead Man's Cell Phone at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons.
Parker, Tony nominated for Reckless and Prelude to a Kiss, and a Tony winner for Proof, and Camp will share the stage with previously announced Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America) for the Manhattan premiere of the wild comedy by Sarah Ruhl.
Opening is March 4, 2008, in PH's Mainstage Theater. Obie Award winner Anne Bogart, artistic director of SITI Company, will direct. In the play, "Gordon (Bill Camp) is dead, but his cell phone lives on. When Jean (Mary-Louise Parker), an empathetic museum worker, answers his ringing phone beside her in a café, she is soon playing unwitting comforter and confessor to the man's grieving friends and family. Before she knows it, Jean is ensnarled in the underbelly of the dead man's bizarre life. A wildly imaginative new comedy, Dead Man's Cell Phone is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technology-obsessed world."
Camp's Broadway credits include Coram Boy, Heartbreak House, Jackie: An American Life, The Seagulland Saint Joan. Other Off-Broadway credits include Homebody/Kabul, The Devils and Lydie Breeze (NYTW); Kevin Kline's Hamlet, One Flea Spare and Troilus & Cressida (The Public); Twelfth Night and Titus Andronicus Shakepeare in the Park); and Sore Throats, Macbeth and Measure for Measure (Theatre For A New Audience).
Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater at 416 W. 42nd Street.
Ruhl is a Pulitzer Prize finalist whose works include The Clean House; Passion Play, a cycle; and Eurydice, among others. Dead Man's Cell Phone had its world premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC.
The production will feature scenic and costume designs by G.W. Mercier, lighting design by Brian Scott and soundscape by Darron L. West. Production stage manager will be Elizabeth Moreau.
For more information about the Playwrights Horizons season, visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.