• Dead Man’s Cell Phone

    February 12 – March 1, 2015

    by Sarah Ruhl

    Springs Ensemble Theatre begins our sixth season with Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a serio-comedy about connecting in a landscape of over-connectedness.

    An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. The owner of the cell phone doesn’t answer because, as the title suggests, he is dead. Jean, however, does pick up, and when she discovers that the cell phone owner has passed away, she takes ownership of his phone in order to keep him alive in a strange, yet significant way. Wanting to bring closure and a sense of fulfillment to his family, friends, associates, and mistress, Jean creates confabulations about the man’s last moments, and subsequently opens herself up to experience life directly instead of vicariously. Whimsical, wistful, and absurd, Dead Man’s Cell Phone explores the paradox of modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age. Winner of the 2007 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone first premiered off Broadway in 2008 featuring Mary Louise Parker (Weeds, Angels in America) as Jean. SET is thrilled to be kicking off Season Six with this play from one of America’s most exciting theatrical voices!

    SET’s production is directed by Sarah S. Shaver and features performances by SET members Jenny Maloney, Karl Brevik, Erin King, June Scott Barfield, and Micah Spiers with guest artists Jane Fromme, Sue Bachman, and Warren Epstein.

    Cast and Production Team



    JEAN: Jenny Maloney

    GORDON: Warren Epstein

    MRS. GOTTLIEB: Sue Bachman

    DWIGHT: Karl Brevik

    HERMIA: Jane Fromme


    Featured Dancers: June Scott Barfield and Micah Speirs

    Production Team

    Executive Producer & Director: Sarah S. Shaver

    Co-Producers: Matt Radcliffe, Emory John Collinson

    Stage Manager: Gabriel Espinoza-Lira

    Props Master: Karl Brevik

    Costume Design: Heather Clark

    Lighting Designer: Brianna G. Pilon

    Sound Design: Jon Margheim

    Set Design: June Scott Barfield

    Choreographers: June Scott Barfield and Micah Speirs

    Fight Choreographer: Max Ferguson

    Poster Design: Linda Nichols

    Trailer Design: Steve Emily and Jessica Weaver