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Dead Man's Cell Phone Coming to Stage 9

Nov 21, 2016


Hutchinson, Kan. –  Stage 9 will perform Dead Man’s Cell Phone, the fourth and final production of its 100th Anniversary Season, December 8–11 and again December 15-18, 2016 at Stage 9, located at 9 S. Main in Hutchinson’s downtown business district.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a quirky, dark comedy written by Sarah Ruhl. It premiered in 2007 and was awarded a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. Dead Man’s Cell Phone follows Jean as she discovers that a fellow customer in a cafe, Gordon Gottlieb, has died. Through the ringing of his cell phone and Jean’s compulsion to answer it, she plunges into Gordon’s life,  meeting a cast of characters including Gordon’s domineering mother, his estranged widow, timid brother, and a mysterious “other” woman.

Almost ten years since its opening, a core element of Dead Man’s Cell Phone still holds true – while the ubiquitous cell phone instantly connects us to each other, it also drives a wedge between those closest to us.

Stage 9 is pleased to present the following talented cast:

Jean: Becky Christner
Gordon: Matt Christian
Mrs. Gottlieb: Peggy Livingston
Other Woman: Andrea Acker
Hermia: Gaye Tibbets
Dwight: Lynn Hase
Stranger: Tiffany Thomas

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is directed by Stage 9’s Producing Artistic Director Charles Johnston, who also contributes sound design. Other production team members include Peggy Livingston (Costume Design); Jason Depew (Lighting Design); and Denny Vick and Paula Rothe (Properties Design).  Newcomer  Elicia Lance serves as the production’s Stage Manager.

Performances for Dead Man’s Cell Phone are December 8-10, 2016 and December 15-17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on December 11 and 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for ages 8-14. Children must be eight years old to attend Stage 9 productions. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at stage9hutch.com as well as at Apron Strings, located at the intersection of Sherman and Main Street in downtown Hutchinson three weeks prior to opening. Patrons may also purchase tickets at the door one hour prior to a performance. Dead Man’s Cell Phone is performed by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

All seating is general admission. The house opens at 7:00 p.m. for evening performances and 1:30 p.m. for afternoon performances. Stage 9 seats 85 people and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. To check performance availability, please contact Stage 9 by email at info@stage9hutch.com or by phone at 316-350-PLAY (7529). 

For more information about Dead Man’s Cell Phone,performances or to schedule interviews with the director, contact Charles Johnston at 646-628-4353 or charles@stage9hutch.com.  You may also contact Johnston for information about program advertising or sponsorship for Stage 9’s 2017 Season.

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Stage 9’s mission is to excite minds, move hearts, and change lives through theatrical performance, arts education, and live entertainment in Hutchinson, Reno County, and south central Kansas.  A 501(c)3 organization, Stage 9 strives to produce quality entertainment and provide opportunities for artistic expression, specifically focused on ages 18 and up.  At home at 9 S. Main in downtown Hutchinson, Stage 9’s 2017 Season features Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, the hard-hitting modern drama Time Stands Stillby Donald Margulies, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Rebecca Feldman, a musical comedy about an eclectic group of pubescent spellers, Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Odd Couple(Female Version) pitting polar opposite roommates, a staged reading of The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman that examines the tragedy of the murder of Matthew Shepard, the groundbreaking musical Godspell by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz, a loose retelling of the Gospel story,  Stage 9’s haunting annual fundraiser Talking Tombstones, and the romantic tales of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine.