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Otterbein University Theatre Presents 'Is He Dead?'

Otterbein University Theatre Presents 'Is He Dead?'


The Otterbein University Department of Theatre and Dance takes on Mark Twain’s (in)famous brand of comedy in its latest production, Is He Dead?

Is He Dead? is the story of Jean-François Millet, a young painter of genius who is ready to tie the knot, but is in debt to a villainous picture-dealer. In fear of the horrors of debtors’ prison, Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and marry his girl is to die — as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. But complications arise when, upon “death” and fortune, he must find a way to be resurrected to marry his true love!

The most hilarious circumstance of cross-dressing since Charley’s Aunt, Is He Dead? comes to the Otterbein stage after a 2007 Broadway run which featured Norbert Leo Butz and Otterbein graduate Jeremy Bobb as Phelim O’Shaughnessy. Is He Dead? was adapted for Broadway by award-winning American playwright David Ives from an unproduced comedy written by Mark Twain in 1898.

Otterbein’s production is directed by Mark Mineart, the newest member of the Otterbein Theatre and Dance faculty. Most recently seen in central Ohio as Black Stache in the CATCO production of Peter and the Starcatcher, Mineart’s professional theatre career spans more than 25 years and three continents as an actor, director and fight choreographer. He has appeared on and off Broadway with such stars as Denzel Washington and Kelsey Grammer, and worked at many of the nation’s most well respected and award-winning regional theatres. He has created roles in almost a dozen world premiere productions by such playwrights as Jane Martin and Eric Cobble, and even had roles written for him by multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award-winner Arthur Kopit. Mineart has appeared in feature films, a variety of television programs and worked as a performance capture artist on blockbuster video games such as Crysis II, Bullet Storm and NCIS: The Game

Tickets are $18 each and can be reserved by calling the Otterbein University box office at (614) 823-1109 or purchased online at www.otterbein.edu/drama. The box office is open 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Show times and cast:

SHOW TIMES

Thursday, Feb. 18*, 7:30 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville
* Opening night, reception to follow performance

Friday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Saturday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m.Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Thursday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Friday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Saturday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

CAST LIST

Agamemnon Buckner (known as “Chicago” – a young artist)...... Jack Labrecque

Hans Von Bismarck (known as “Dutchy” – a pupil of Millet)... Evan Moore-Coll

Papa Leroux.................................................................................. Steven Meeker

Marie Leroux (Millet’s sweetheart).............................................. Lauren DiMario

Cecile Leroux (Sister of Marie)........................................................ Asel Swango

Jean-François Millet............................................................................. J.T. Wood

Bastien André (picture dealer and usurer)...................................... Sileye Ndongo

Madame Bathilde................................................................................ Sally Clark

Madame Caron................................................................................. Tristan Gillia

Phelim O’Shaughnessy (a pupil of Millet)................................. Phil Cunningham

Basil Thorpe/ Claude Rivière/ Charlie / The King of France.......... Benjamin Folts