Congratulations to the cast:
Rebecca Smith who plays Jean, a naive young woman who decides to answer the calls on a dead man's cell phone which lead her to become involved with his crusty mother, his intimidated brother, his frustrated wife and his mistress.
Phil Jessen will play Gordon, the dead man, who talks to the audience and Jean from a surreal after-world. He is an arrogant, self-involved man who deals in black market organs.
Noreen Szmul will play Hermia, Gordon's frustrated wife, who pretends to be someone else to get through having sex with her husband.
Tim Burchfield will play Dwight, Gordon's overshadowed brother, who falls for Jean.
Gisella Montanez Case will play two roles: Gordon's mistress and the mysterious stranger.
Deb Wood rounds out the cast as Mrs. Gottlieb, Gordon's mother, who looks down her nose at Jean, Dwight, Hermia and the world generally.
This dramatic reading, directed by Janet Williams Davies, is part of GFCT’s commitment to bring new works to the arts community through its Experimental Theatre Company (ETC).
“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl is a creative comedy. The play begins with a man dying while at a café, but his cell phone will not stop ringing. The woman at the next table, Jean, picks up the cell phone and ends up stuck in the middle of all his troubles, meeting his widow Hermia, his mother Mrs. Gottlieb, and his mistress.
The play was awarded a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play.
Three performances will be held on the following dates at these locations:
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 at Crandall Public Library
1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the Glens Falls Senior Center
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 at the Charles R. Wood Cabaret space
There will be a suggested $10 donation at the evening performances.