Dead Man’s Cell Phone

July 3, 2017

by Drew Griffiths

This summer, silence your cell phones and get ready to laugh! Princeton-based Chimera Productions is proud to bring something a little different to the stage from July 20-22 at the Arts Council of Princeton: a comedy. After eleven previous productions, including dramas such as After Ashley, Love Song, Never Swim Alone, and the original play Bottle Factory, this year the local theater company decided to produce Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl.

As Chimera co-founders, Jeffrey Davis and I are looking forward to trying something new as we go in a comedic direction. “This is a different style and energy than our usual fare. It’s a play that will stretch us in new directions, and that is something that always gets us excited,” said Davis.

Chimera actors rehearse at the ACP’s Pop-Up Studio

The cast includes first time Chimera performers Nishika Bagchi, Devin Massih, Paul Rogozenski, and Teresa Welby, as well as returning actors Marilyn Ryan and David Sullivan, a founding Chimera Productions company member who’s performed in over half of their eleven previous shows.

Massih said she was drawn to Ruhl’s play because of its outlook on modern human connection. “I love this play because of how it ties into the attachment we hold to technology these days, and the masterful thinking process of a person’s thoughts about the topic of death.”

Welby was especially captivated by the play’s highly relevant themes about the power of technology to impact social interactions. “It can isolate us from the people closest in our lives and yet unite us with complete strangers — what a bizarre paradox,” she said.

According to a recent study, millennials check their phones over 100 times a day! This play is especially relevant in giving theatergoers the opportunity to forget about social media, “FOMO”, likes, and check-ins for a few hours and immerse themselves in an intimate, live performance they won’t soon forget. I like to refer to this show as “a beautiful high-wire act each night.” In the 60-seat theater setting, you will see our actors on a uniquely nuanced level. We’re out there putting everything we have on the stage each night with nowhere to hide.

Watch the video above to get a taste of the comedic tone of the play, and purchase your tickets here! Tickets will also be available at the door: $12 for ACP members, students and seniors or $15 for general audience. We hope to see you in the audience!

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