Dead Man’s Cell Phone

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Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Jan 10-11, Jan 17-19 & Jan 23-25

When a lonely woman answers a dead stranger’s cell phone, it turns out to be a wake-up call that sends her on a date with the dead man’s brother, a drinking binge with his wife, a mysterious rendezvous with his mistress, and a trip to the afterlife and back.


NOVA presents the quirky comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone, written by Sarah Ruhl, opening January 10, 2014.

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur “genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, author of past Venture productions The Clean House and In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a piece about how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering changes us—it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone will be performed at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Avenue, January 10-11, 17-19, and 23-25. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee on January 19th begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults or $15 for Students, Seniors or Active Military (with ID). Call 406-591-9535 or visit www.NOVAbillings.org for tickets or more information. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Call the box office for details.

Rated PG 13+ due to some adult language and adult content.

THE CAST 
Dead Man’s Cell Phone is directed by Tina Scariano, and features Catherine Bergman as Jean, Diane Kylander as Mrs. Gottlieb, Gustavo  Belotta as Dwight, Christie Anderson as Hermia, Kristin Mayer as The Other Woman, and Samuel Bergman as Gordon. Set Design is by Amber Felker and Tamara Scheierleben is the lighting designer.

Hello Montana Interview: Tina Scariano, Director

‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’ on the boards at NOVA

Actors Samuel Bergman and Catherine Bergman
January 09, 2014 8:30 am  •  By Jaci Webb

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” will be presented by NOVA Center for the Performing Arts starting Friday and running through Jan. 25.

When a lonely woman answers a dead stranger’s cell phone, it sends her on a date with the dead man’s brother, a drinking binge with his wife, a mysterious rendezvous with his mistress, and a trip to the afterlife and back.

The quirky comedy is directed by Tina Scariano. It features Catherine Bergman as Jean, Diane Kylander as Mrs. Gottlieb, Gustavo Belotta as Dwight, Christie Anderson as Hermia, Kristin Mayer as The Other Woman and Samuel Bergman as Gordon. Set design is by Amber Felker, and Tamara Scheierleben is the lighting designer.

An incessantly ringing cell phone rings in a quiet café and a stranger at the next table has had enough. So begins the play by Sarah Ruhl, a Pulitzer Prize finalist who has also written works staged previously at Venture Theatre, “The Clean House” and “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play).” The play is about how we memorialize the dead — and how that remembering changes us. It is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

The show is rated the equivalent of PG-13 due to some adult language and adult content.

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” will be performed at the playhouse at 2317 Montana Ave., on Jan. 10-11, 17-19, and 23-25. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee on Jan. 19 begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults or $15 for students, seniors or active military (with ID). Call 406-591-9535 or visit www.NOVAbillings.org for tickets or more information. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Photos of the Show