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Is He Dead?

By Mark Twain as adapted by David Ives

Directed by Laura Espy

July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31
August 1, 2

Raise your hand if you knew that Mark Twain wrote a play. You are excused if you never heard of this work; you’d probably have to be an English major specializing in hidden, un-produced gems by 19th century American literary geniuses. And Is He Dead? was Twain’s only foray into the literature of theater. In his simply ridiculous farce, Twain spins a yarn about a great artist who finally becomes successful once he’s dead. But, of course, to make this a farce, Twain needs to add a few elements: an artist who isn’t really dead, a love triangle (or, perhaps, two or three overlapping love triangles), a money-lender who’s owed money by nearly everybody else, a pair of bumbling loyal friends … oh yes, and cross-dressing. We did say this is a farce, after all! The master comedic playwright David Ives’ adaptation has taken Twain’s original work and tightened it up for modern audiences, while leaving intact Twain’s voice, Twain’s story, and Twain’s dialogue: a recipe for an outrageous night of comedy.


Jean-François Millet/ Widow Daisy Tillou: Todd Yard
Agamemnon Buckner ("Chicago"): Brian Moyer
Hans von Bismark ("Dutchy"): Jason Rutledge
Phelim O'Shaughnessy: Chris Deter
Marie Leroux: Samara Hendin
Cecile Leroux: Emily Earle
Papa Leroux: David Mularski
Bastien André: Roger Alix-Gaudreau
Basil Thorpe/ Claude Rivière/ Charlie/ The King of France: Nick LaPete
Madame Bathilde: Cathy Merlo
Madame Caron: Kathy Lague

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