"Dead Man’s Cell Phone" and "Eurydice"

Theatre Arts Department presents

The Ruhl Plays: "Dead Man’s Cell Phone" and "Eurydice"

The University of Redlands Theatre Arts Department presents two plays by one of America’s most intriguing new playwrights, MacArthur Genius and Pulitzer finalist, Sarah Ruhl. The two plays, "Dead Man’s Cell Phone," a poetic comedy exploring how this revolutionary device both unites and isolates; and "Eurydice," the Greek myth as reinterpreted through Eurydice’s experience of the pleasures and pains of memory. Each of these plays considers the existence of a “cosmic pipeline” and to what extent “love” fuels an interconnection between this life and the afterlife. Is love forgotten or is it eternal?

In "Dead Man’s Cell Phone," Jean answers a stranger’s phone, and this starts a fantastical journey that includes finding love, traveling to South Africa, dying, learning how heaven works and finally returning to life.

"Eurydice" employs both comic and tragic tactics to shape this modern look at the Greek myth about love, longing and reconciliation. In the play, the lord of the underworld rides a bike, and the father builds his daughter a room of string in the land of the dead, while a chorus of stones guards the entrance to the underworld.

WHAT: Directed by Chris Beach, the evening includes elements of dance, circus and magic. The costume and scenic designs by Nephelie Andonyadis depict two vastly different and strangely beautiful worlds. Trevor Norton’s lighting design evokes the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch and Edward Hopper. Chad Ohlheiser’s sound design merges ancient and modern vocabulary, and Kirsten Johansen’s choreography and movement is at once eerie and jubilant.

The evening runs just over 2 hours, including intermission.

Additionally, the Glenn Wallichs Theatre lobby will artfully display the pre-production process including power point highlights of the scenic and costume design.

WHEN: 8 p.m. April 4 to 6, 2 p.m. April 7

WHERE: Glenn Wallichs Theatre, University of Redlands

1200 East Colton Avenue, Redlands, CA 92373
On University St, between Colton & Citrus Aves

Tickets for the event are available by calling 909-748-8028
$12 general admission
$8 with university ID
$8 senior citizens

For more information, please visit the website or call the Theatre Arts Department at 909-748-8028 or 909-748-8728.

"Dead Man’s Cell Phone" Cast

Gordon—Erin Ingoldsby-Stevenson
Jean—Olivia Spirz
Mrs. Gottlieb—Jillian Ferry
Dwight—Isaak Berliner
Hermia—Alyssa Good
Other Woman—Lillie Reising
Stranger—Clara Blickenstaff

"Eurydice" Cast

Eurydice—Kelly Odor
Orpheus—Ian Schutzman
Father—Ryan Cohen
Nasty Interesting Man, Lord of the Underworld—Jeremy Wiley
Big Stone—Rebecca Pilcher/Sydney Roberts
Little Stone—Gina Chapman
Loud Stone—Ron Blakely

Production Team

Director—Chris Beach
Costume & Set Designer—Nephelie Andonyadis
Lighting Designer—Trevor Norton
Sound Designer—Chad Ohlheiser
Choreographer—Kirsten Johansen

Aaron Ingoldsby-Stevenson, Olivia Spirz, Clara Blickenstaff, Lillie Reising, Jillian Ferry and Alyssa Good perform the Cell Phone Ballet in "Dead Man’s Cell Phone"

Olivia Spirz and Alyssa Good in "Dead Man’s Cell Phone"

Ian Schutzman descending into the Underworld in "Eurydice" 

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Theatre Arts Department

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