Borba, Pickles, Von Dohlen, Doukas, Holt, Welsh Star in CA Cell Phone

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South Coast Repertory's Southern California premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone, Sarah Ruhl's quirky, fantastical new play about a woman who answers — yes! — a dead man's cell phone, and is drawn into his web of relationships, opens Sept. 26 after previews from Sept. 21.

Directed by Bart DeLorenzo, Dead Man's Cell Phone runs to Oct. 12 on SCR's Julianne Argyros Stage in Costa Mesa, CA.

In the regionally popular comedy about human connection in the age of technology, "Jean decides to answer the incessantly ringing cell phone of a stranger seated across from her in a café, only to realize that he's deceased," according to SCR. "Soon she's telling his callers what she thinks they need to hear as she draws them into the surprises and mysteries of their lives — and her own."

Dead Man's Cell Phone marks Ruhl's return to South Coast Repertory following the West Coast premiere of The Clean House in 2005.

The cast of Dead Man's Cell Phone features Andrew Borba (Dwight), Nike Doukas (The Other Woman/Stranger), Shannon Holt (Hermia), "St. Elsewhere" veteran Christina Pickles (Mrs. Gottlieb), Lenny Von Dohlen (Gordon) and Margaret Welsh (Jean).

The creative team includes Keith E. Mitchell (set design), Angela Balogh Calin (costume design), Lap-Chi Chu (lighting design), John Zalewski (sound design), John Glore (dramaturg) and Julie Haber (stage manager). For more information visit or call (714) 708-5555. South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, CA.


The Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory is under the artistic direction of David Emmes and Martin Benson. Founded in 1964, SCR "is committed to theatre that illuminates the compelling personal and social issues of our time, not only on its stages but through its education and outreach programs."

In 2002 SCR opened the Folino Theater Center, an expanded three-theatre complex that includes the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.

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