For Immediate Release
February 7, 2014
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Brockport, NY Ė Word to the wise: when your phone rings, answer it. Unless youíre dead. If it keeps ringing, it might be answered by the person at the next table in the cafť in which you have bought the farm. This knee-jerk reaction, made by a slightly off-center woman named Jean, sets the plot of Dead Manís Cell Phone in motion. Sarah Ruhlís comedy begins performances on Friday, February 28, 2014, at 7:30 pm in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley Street, on the campus of The College at Brockport. Tickets are $16/General, $11/Seniors, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $8.50/Students. Tickets are available online at fineartstix.brockport.edu. Think about it. Do we all have emergency contacts clearly labeled in our cell phones? Are all of our lives so neat and tidy that there would be no loose ends to tie up if we should suddenly kick the bucket, over a bowl of lobster bisque? While Gordon, our dead man, doesnít get to finish his soup, Jean starts to piece the threads of his life together, trying to make amends for one manís life. As she wends her way through a life she comes to treasure, Jean meets with Gordonís estranged, imperious mother (who, she assures, he was trying to call before his passing), has drinks with his wife, meets his mistress, falls for his overshadowed brother, and discovers dark truths about Gordonís life, courtesy of a flight to Johannesburg. Through her mission to send Gordon off to the afterlife with a reconciled ledger, Jean Ė initially content to be a loner Ė comes to realize that we are all incomplete without the other lives that touch our own.
Performances of Dead Manís Cell Phone are February 28, March 1, 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 pm. There is also a matinee on Sunday, March 2, at 2 pm, which will be sign language interpreted. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (585) 395-2787, or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office, 180 Holley Street, Brockport.
This theatre season will conclude with the Department of Theatre and Music Studiesí production of Charles Meeís bobrauschenbergamerica, a collection of simple moments of simple lives captured as the artist himself may have done. More information on the 2013-14 Fine Arts Series at The College at Brockport can be found at www.brockport.edu/finearts.
Photos: Photo Credit: Matt Yeoman Photo 1: Adam Urbancic, as ďGordon,Ē the titular dead man, tries to communicate from beyond in Dead Manís Cell Phone. Sarah Ruhlís comedy will be presented at The College at Brockport on February 28 Ė March 2 and March 6 Ė 8. Purchase tickets online at fineartstix.brockport.edu.
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
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