Dead Man's Cell Phone Rings at Trinity Rep. Beginning Feb. 19

News   Dead Man's Cell Phone Rings at Trinity Rep. Beginning Feb. 19
Janice Duclos answers the call of Dead Man's Cell Phone, the dark comedy from playwright Sarah Ruhl, beginning Feb. 19 at the Trinity Repertory Company.

Beth F. Milles directs the resident production that runs through March 28 in the Dowling Theatre. Trinity Rep company member Duclos portrays Jean in a cast that also features Phyllis Kay, Barbara Meek, Rachael Warren and Richard Donelly.

Dead Man's Cell Phone, according to press notes, follows "Jean, an unassuming woman who is thrown headlong into an unexpected odyssey when she answers an incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. Matters get a little trickier when she discovers the reason why the phone’s owner was neglecting to pick up his phone – he’s dead. Jean soon finds herself trying to make things right with the mysterious dead man’s widow (Kay), his mother (Meek), and his mistress (Warren). All the while, she actually might be falling in love with a dead man (Donelly)."

The production team includes set designer Michael McGarty, costume designer William Lane, lighting designer Russell Champa and sound designer Peter Sasha Hurowitz.

Dead Man's Cell Phone opened Off-Broadway in March 2008 starring Tony Award winner Mary-Louise Parker. The production premiered at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC in 2007.

Playwright Ruhl made her Broadway playwrighting debut this season with In the Next Room or the vibrator play. She is the author of the plays Eurydice, The Clean House, Passion Play and Orlando. She adapted Chekhov's Three Sisters for a new production at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, under the direction of Tony winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company, A Catered Affair). Tickets to Dead Man's Cell Phone at Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street in Providence, RI, are available by calling (401) 351-4242.

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