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Cedar Crest College Performing Arts Presents “Dead Man’s Cell Phone
November 4-7

Allentown, Pa. (Oct. 22, 2010) – Cedar Crest Stage Company presents Dead Man’s Cell Phone from Nov. 4 through 6 at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.

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Written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Cedar Crest College Performing Arts Professor Tim Brown, Dead Man’s Cell Phone is the story of a woman, Jean, who answers an incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. The cell phone belongs to a dead man, Gordon, who has left behind a lot of loose ends.

 Ruhl, a MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, looks at how we memorialize the dead, how remembering them changes us, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

“Sarah Ruhl’s work is so exciting in that she uses a very unique voice and aspects of everyday life, exploding them to examine larger, universal themes” said Brown.  “In the case of Dead Man's Cell Phone, she focuses on the idea of how inseparable we have become with our cell phones, and uses that to explore the notion of how technology connects us, but also separates us. ”

The cast for Dead Man’s Cell Phone is made up of four Cedar Crest College students–Rebecca Pandone as Jean, Chealsea Anagnoson as Mrs. Gottlieb, Grace Patton as Hermia, and Elyse Allen as the Other Woman/Stranger. Robert Trexler plays Gordon/Dwight. Set and lighting design for the play is by Cedar Crest College Professor of Performing Arts Roxanne Amico, choreography is by Cedar Crest College Professor of Dance Robin Gerchman, and costume design is by Rebecca Callan.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone plays Nov. 4 through 6 at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m., in the Samuels Theatre of Tompkins College Center. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens; and $5 for students with ID. For tickets or information, call the performing arts box office at (610) 606-4608 or visit


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