Theatre department to present comedy "Dead Man's Cell Phone"

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The Hanover College Theatre will present the comedy “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 15-18. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Other Place, located in the former Donner Lecture Hall.

Written by Sarah Ruhl, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” delves into modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate humanity.

The main character, Jean, becomes increasingly annoyed by the non-stop ringing of a cellphone atop an adjacent table in an otherwise quiet café. As soon as she answers the phone, she gets caught up in the life of the phone’s former owner, Gordon. Why is Jean so drawn to this person she did not know, but whose cell phone now introduces her to his life, work and relationships? Does technology help or hinder our ability to connect with other humans?

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” was first staged in 2007 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. and earned the Helen Hayes Award for outstanding new play. The honor recognizes excellence in professional theater in the Washington, D.C. area.

The production appeared Off-Broadway in 2008 and made its European debut in 2011 at The Arches in Glasgow, Scotland.

Hanover's presentation will be directed by Dathan Hooper, a veteran actor who has worked in film and television, along with numerous professional theatre companies including Actors Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare, Stage One Family Theatre and Rush Trowell Entertainment. His directing credits include "Livin' Fat," by Judi Ann Mason; "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," by Lonne Elder III; "Eukiah," by Landford Wilson; and "The Past is the Past."

General admission tickets are free, however, patrons are encouraged to reserve seats online in advance. Tickets may be printed or scanned upon entry from a barcode on a mobile phone.

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