UT Knoxville’s Clarence Brown Theatre will present the award-winning Dead Man’s Cell Phone from March 29-April 15, 2012. The production is for mature audiences.
Dead Man’s Cell Phone runs from March 29-April 15, 2012. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances begin at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices vary. For tickets, call the CBT box office at 865-974-5161 or Tickets Unlimited at 865-656-4444.
Winner of the 2008 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical, the show is a fantastical comedy about remembering the dead, communicating with the living and connecting with those we love in a technology-obsessed world, according to Director Casey Sams.
“Audiences will definitely laugh and have a good time, but I hope they leave wanting to talk about the ideas in the play,” Sams said.
“We are at a cultural crossroads when it comes to how we communicate with each other. I look at my 17-year old daughter who is NEVER on the home phone – who would have thought that would ever happen!! In fact, most of her communication isn’t even by voice anymore, it is through texts or tweets or Facebook posts. Surely this is changing the way we experience each other, but how? In some ways I think it’s driving us apart, but in other ways perhaps it’s providing opportunities for us to come together,” Sams said.
Sams is an Associate Professor at UT where she works in both the Graduate and Undergraduate programs teaching Movement and Acting. Casey’s Clarence Brown projects this year include choreographing Tartuffe, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and A Christmas Carol.
The production cast includes Ricardo Birnbaum (Gordon), Christian Brock Darnell (Metaphysical Butler), Carol Mayo Jenkins (Mrs. Gottlieb) Jennifer Kibbey (Metaphysical Butler) Ted Kitterman (Dwight) Natasha Koetsch (Other Woman/Stranger) Jenna Sampsell (Metaphysical Butler) Erik Schiller (Metaphysical Butler), Ashleigh Stochel (Jean), Sarah Jordan Stout (Hermia) Kerri A. Considine (Dramaturg) Andrew Karlin (Scenic Designer) Elizabeth Aaron (Costume Designer) Kate Bashore (Lighting Designer) Mike Ponder (Sound Design) Jessie Alexander (Stage Manager)