Play dives into technology’s impact on society

Laramie County Community College’s Theater Program will perform “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-17 in the LCCC Playhouse.


“Dead Man’s Cell phone” premiered on June 4, 2007, at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D.C. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is two hours long and performed in two acts.


“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” has six roles, four female roles and two male rolls. The characters are Gordon, a dead man; Jean, a woman; Carlotta, The Other Woman/The Stranger; Hermia, Gordon’s widow; Mrs. Gottlieb, Gordon’s mother; and Dwight, Gordon’s brother.


Cody Harvick plays Gordon, Alexandra Castilleia plays Jean, Breanna Van Dyke plays Carlotta, Brianna Perry plays Hermia, Mac Marino plays Mrs. Gottlieb, Jed Huntzinger plays Dwight, and Sterlie Quist is an understudy for Jean.


Jason Pasqua, theater instructor, explained how the play begins.


“Scene one, lights up, two people in a cafe. A cell phone is going off. A man (Gordon) and a women (Jean). Cell phone keeps ringing, woman gets frustrated, answers the phone. Turns out the guy is dead,” Pasqua said. “By answering the phone, she gets sucked into his life.”


The play expands beyond the cafe and goes deeper than just Jean and Gordon.


“We’re bending the rules of time and space in this play and it’s really about this woman, Jean, who goes on this journey of self-discovery,” Pasqua said.


The play dives deeper into Gordon’s unfinished business as Jean is introduced to more characters that have a relation to the dead man.


“I think that the theme is embodied in Jean’s, Gordon’s and Dwight’s relationship,” Pasqua said. “Because I think it should be important to say that even though Gordon is dead in the first scene, it’s not the last time we’re going to see Gordon.”


Pasqua explained the challenges of rehearsing the play.


“We’re trying to find, and think we’ve been successful so far, at finding what I could only describe as the right tone for the play,” Pasqua said.


Pasqua said that the play isn’t just comedy — it has a rich and curious language that can sometimes be a challenge to strike the right tone.


Pasqua said the overall message of the play is a statement about the way we technology.


“These little devices were supposed to free us, and what they did was imprison us,” Pasqua said while holding his phone.


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