By Sarah Ruhl

“Satire is her oxygen. . . . In her new oddball comedy, Dead Man’s telephone Phone, Sarah Ruhl is perpetually very important in her lyrical and biting takes on how we behave.”—The Washington Post

“Ruhl’s zany probe of the razor-thin line among lifestyles and dying gives you a clean and funny examine the days we are living in.”—Variety

“Sarah Ruhl is deliriously creative and fearless in her number of subject material. She is an original.”—Molly Smith, creative director, area Stage

An ceaselessly ringing cellphone in a quiet café. A stranger on the subsequent desk who has had sufficient. And a useless man—with loads of free ends. So starts Dead Man’s phone Phone, a wildly ingenious new comedy through playwright Sarah Ruhl, recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” furnish and Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play The fresh House. a piece approximately how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering alterations us—it is the odyssey of a lady compelled to confront her personal assumptions approximately morality, redemption, and the necessity to attach in a technologically obsessed world.

Sarah Ruhl’s performs were produced at theaters round the state, together with Lincoln middle Theater, the Goodman Theatre, enviornment degree, South Coast Repertory, Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, between others, and across the world. She is the recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (for The fresh House, 2004), the Helen Merrill rising Playwrights Award, and the Whiting Writers’ Award. The fresh House used to be a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005. She is a member of 13P and New Dramatists.

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JEAN Oh, I’m sorry. MRS. GOTTLIEB So—seven o’clock. JEAN Seven o’clock. nice. I’m simply going to expire for a moment—I have an errand— MRS. GOTTLIEB excellent, Jean. We’ll see you at seven. scene 5 Gordon’s brother, Dwight. Gordon’s widow, Hermia. Gordon’s mom. And Jean. everybody wears black, with the exception of the mum, who's in a shiny crimson getup. A flurry of task attending to the desk. every person sits within the incorrect spot. MRS. GOTTLIEB position playing cards, there are position playing cards! each person strikes, checking position playing cards, asserting such things as: Oh, oh, sorry, excuse me. Jean stares at Dwight. He appears to be like loads like Gordon. yet Jean doesn’t are looking to remind a person of Gordon’s demise, so she doesn’t touch upon the resemblance. A silence. HERMIA Gordon used to sit—there. She issues at Jean. DWIGHT That’s correct, he did. JEAN Oh, I’ll circulate— MRS. GOTTLIEB No, no, time to maneuver on, no time just like the current. all of them examine Jean for an extended second. Jean hiccups. JEAN Excuse me, I’m sorry. i've got the hiccups. Jean stands up and hiccups. MRS. GOTTLIEB There’s water via there, expensive. JEAN thank you. Jean exits and hiccups. HERMIA What an odd duck. MRS. GOTTLIEB convinced, yet she knew Gordon. you should be welcoming, Hermia. DWIGHT How’d she comprehend Gordon? MRS. GOTTLIEB paintings. Mrs. Gottlieb nods knowingly. every body murmurs knowingly and says such things as: rather? You don’t say. good . . . Mmm. Hmm . . . DWIGHT Out-going? MRS. GOTTLIEB In-coming. Or so she says. They murmur knowingly. Jean enters. A silence. She sits down. She hiccups. JEAN Oh! Excuse me. My hiccups are so loud. MRS. GOTTLIEB convinced, they're, aren’t they? Remarkably loud hiccups for the sort of small lady. DWIGHT mom. include me, Jean. I’ll convey you my mystery. It’s consuming a tumbler of bourbon the wrong way up. JEAN ok. (Hiccup) thanks. Dwight pulls Jean’s chair out for her. Jean and Dwight go out to the kitchen. HERMIA Dwight likes her. MRS. GOTTLIEB i assumed he may perhaps. A silence. HERMIA Are you unhappy? MRS. GOTTLIEB convinced, are you? HERMIA sure. So unhappy that it’s—awful. Now i do know why they name it lousy unhappy. MRS. GOTTLIEB I’m pleased we will percentage this, Hermia. We enjoyed him such a lot of all. HERMIA i'm hoping that—the of us—can proceed to—mourn together—Mrs. Gottlieb. i think so on their lonesome occasionally. MRS. GOTTLIEB name me Harriet. HERMIA Harriet. MRS. GOTTLIEB I by no means may well get used to Gordon having a spouse yet now that he’s lifeless you’re going to be a truly nice convenience to me, Hermia. it's one of many first great issues Mrs. Gottlieb has ever stated to her. Jean and Dwight input. Jean is giggling. DWIGHT That’s larger. JEAN Dwight removed my hiccups! MRS. GOTTLIEB You’re remarkable, Dwight. you've gotten such a lot of hidden skills. consistently have. keep in mind whilst Dwight used to be little and he might develop stiff as a board and his associates pretended he used to be a plank or a useless insect and they'd hold him round the front room at my lunch events and the way all of us may chuckle! Oh. i assume there’s not anyone the following to recollect that. A silence. good. Let’s consume. Rib-eye steak. Do you love rib-eye, Jean? not anything higher on the planet, I let you know.

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