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Dead Man’s Cell Phone

May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

Under direction of Sharie Renault
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We will be following the covid protocol mandated by the county, state and Grace Episcopal Church.

Masks are required for all audience members during the performance and proof of vaccination w/id is required upon entry at the door.

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Free online to the community.

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GEneral $25
GRoups $20
Students $15
Friday - saturday: 7:30pm | Sunday Matinee: 5:00pm
Thursday: 6:30pM
Food & Wine Reception before the play reading
1314 Spring Street, St. Helena
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A nonstop ringing cell phone in a café, a woman at the next table who takes a chance and answers it, and a dead man with a dodgy past, propel the play in motion. It is one woman’s journey to face her expectations about decency, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically fanatical world.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

by Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Sharie Renault

May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

Friday & Saturday: 7:30pm | Sunday Matinee: 2:30pm

All performances at Newton Hall, Grace Episcopal Church, St. Helena

Prices

General: $25 / Groups $20 / Students $15

Watch our 4 episodes of local resident’s stories below.

Donations are gratefully accepted
GEneral $25
Students $15
Thursday: 6:30pM
Food & Wine Reception before the play reading

A nonstop ringing cell phone in a café, a woman at the next table who takes a chance and answers it, and a dead man with a dodgy past, propel the play in motion. It is one woman’s journey to face her expectations about decency, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically fanatical world.

*We recommend audience members wear masks inside, but not required. Staff and actors are vaccinated.

1314 Spring Street, St. Helena
Get Tickets

OPening Nights are private events where we invite all of our members to join us and celebrate the opening of each play.

We'd love for you to come!
Become A Member

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Director's Statement

We end our season with Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl. This surreal fantasy is peopled with quirky characters who cavort in and out of bizarre situations. Themes that run through the play are taken from the quote in Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities, “Each human being is a book full of surprises destined to be left unfinished.” Dead Man’s Cell Phone is an intense, darkly mesmerizing tale that illustrates how a device we have come to depend on can be used to both unite and isolate.

Directed by Sharie Renault

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A nonstop ringing cell phone in a café, a woman at the next table who takes a chance and answers it, and a dead man with a dodgy past, propel the play in motion. It is one woman’s journey to face her expectations about decency, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically fanatical world.

Place

A café Church Mrs. Gottlieb’s home Stationary store A planet An airport

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Intermission

15 minute intermission halfway through the play

Talk Back

the actors and director will hold an open discussion with the audience at the conclusion of the performance.

Auditons

A café Church Mrs. Gottlieb’s home Stationary store A planet An airport

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Auditions

Auditons

A café Church Mrs. Gottlieb’s home Stationary store A planet An airport

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Auditons

A café Church Mrs. Gottlieb’s home Stationary store A planet An airport

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About

A nonstop ringing cell phone in a café, a woman at the next table who takes a chance and answers it, and a dead man with a dodgy past, propel the play in motion. It is one woman’s journey to face her expectations about decency, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically fanatical world.

Place

A café Church Mrs. Gottlieb’s home Stationary store A planet An airport

Time

Present

Sponsor

Heading

Intermission

15 minute intermission halfway through the play

Talk Back

the actors and director will hold an open discussion with the audience at the conclusion of the performance.

Auditons

A café Church Mrs. Gottlieb’s home Stationary store A planet An airport

Present

Place

A café Church Mrs. Gottlieb’s home Stationary store A planet An airport

Time

Present

Characters

A woman. Jean

A Dead Man, Gordon

Gordon’s Mother, Mrs. Gottlieb

Gordon’s Widow, Hermia

Gordon’s Brother, Dwight

The other woman/the stranger

Auditons

A café Church Mrs. Gottlieb’s home Stationary store A planet An airport

Present

Auditons

A café Church Mrs. Gottlieb’s home Stationary store A planet An airport

Present

Auditions

Auditons

A café Church Mrs. Gottlieb’s home Stationary store A planet An airport

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A café Church Mrs. Gottlieb’s home Stationary store A planet An airport

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Cast

Aisha Rivera

Gordon’s widow, Hermia

Aisha Rivera is an actor, poet, and artist.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Theater Arts from California State University, Fullerton.  Acting credits include Echoes of Napa Valley Theater, The Tulocay Project with the Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival, This Blessed Plot with NapaShakes, and the Two Gentlemen of Verona with Napa Valley College, and more.  Her poetry can be found in the bilingual anthology: "Poetics without Borders/Poetic Sin Frontera" published by Group Editorial LAMA.

Alan Schneider

a dead man, Gordon

Relevant UNV Qualifications: Played Stanley in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Billy in Clever Little Lies, and hauled a really big, noisy ladder around while running lights in a bunch of other shows. Also played a thoroughly disturbed, lapsed Catholic, addict Altar Boy. Exactly the qualifications you’d want for the person who’ll be handling your kidneys.

Barbara Barling

The Other Woman/ the stranger

Barbara is delighted to be performing with UpStage again, the first time in a scene playing Nerissa from The Merchant of Venice in UNV's modern take, Love Gone Awry. Then playing Toni in Peace, Love & Understanding from UpStage's 1st Annual Playwright Festival. She has been in musical productions for 6th St. Playhouse, Jenner Playhouse, Cinnabar Theater and more. Recently she played Deedra in Private Lives, Private Lies by local Dianna Grayer. She enjoys singing with The Silver Belles Caroling Group.

Carlet Langford

Gordon’s mother, Mrs. Gottlieb

Carlet is excited to be back in the theater! Carlet's past roles include Mrs. Muller (Doubt),  Victoria (Creating Claire), Louisa (After the Flood), as well as musical theater/opera roles including Alice in Big River, Mother Superior in Sister Act, Fricka in Das Rheingold, Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly.

Matthew Holland

Gordon’s brother, Dwight

Matt Holland's performance resume includes a stint as the lead player of The Yellowbirds steel drum band on Florida's Gulf Coast, and as the producer and on-air presenter of Vermont's "Watchdog" political news show. He's also been a newspaper reporter, political activist and technology entrepreneur, before following a long-standing urge (and a new love) onto the stage. He's still younger than Emmy-winning actress Kathryn Joosten, who only became the West Wing's "Mrs. Landingham" at age 70 -- so who knows?

Shannon McDermott

a woman, Jean

Over the years, Shannon McDermott has been an active theater participant both on stage and off. Directing to producing, stand-up to improv, musicals to dramas, she has tried it all. Since joining UNV she has enjoyed playing the vivacious drunk Mary-Ellen in The Happy Ones, supportive friend Lucetta in a scene from The Two Gentlemen of Verona, survivor of the worst job interview ever in Pushing Boulders and a COVID cutie in The Cabin. Shannon is tickled to be treading the boards again with this talented troupe!