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Otterbein University Theatre Presents "Is He Dead?"

February 04, 2016
Otterbein University

The Otterbein University Department of Theatre and Dance will present Is He Dead?, a new comedy by Mark Twain, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18; 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21; and 8 p.m. on Feb. 19-20 and 25-27 in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets cost $18. Call 614-823-1109 or visit www.otterbein.edu/drama.

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. Jean-François Millet, a young painter of genius, 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 be resurrected to marry his true love!

The 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 for Is He Dead? 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.

 

DETAILS: 

Otterbein University Theatre and Dance presents:
Is He Dead?
A new comedy by Mark Twain
Adapted by David Ives
Feb. 18-21 and Feb. 25-27, 2016
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville  

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Mark Mineart
Scenic Designer: Rob Johnson
Costume Designer: Rebecca White
Lighting Designer: T.J. Gerckens
Sound Designer: Doc Davis

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  

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

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

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