By Sarah Ruhl
“Satire is her oxygen. . . . In her new oddball comedy, lifeless Man’s mobile phone, Sarah Ruhl is perpetually 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 promises a clean and funny examine the days we are living in.”—Variety
“Sarah Ruhl is deliriously imaginitive and fearless in her selection of subject material. She is an original.”—Molly Smith, inventive director, enviornment Stage
An ceaselessly ringing mobile phone in a quiet café. A stranger on the subsequent desk who has had sufficient. And a useless man—with loads of unfastened ends. So starts lifeless Man’s cellular phone, a wildly resourceful new comedy via playwright Sarah Ruhl, recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” supply and Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play The fresh apartment. a piece approximately how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering adjustments us—it is the odyssey of a girl 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 kingdom, together with Lincoln heart Theater, the Goodman Theatre, area level, 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 apartment, 2004), the Helen Merrill rising Playwrights Award, and the Whiting Writers’ Award. The fresh condominium used to be a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005. She is a member of 13P and New Dramatists.
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Jean Yes. It said: Mom. mrs. gottlieb Let me see. jean I deleted it by mistake. mrs. gottlieb Gordon called me. jean Yes. mrs. gottlieb He wanted to speak with me. 29 f sarah ruhl F jean Yes. mrs. gottlieb How did you know Gordon, anyway? jean We worked together. mrs. gottlieb Really. jean Yes. mrs. gottlieb No wonder you don’t have children. jean What do you mean? mrs. gottlieb Gordon’s line of work was—toxic. jean It could be. mrs. gottlieb Did you do the out-going or the in-coming business? jean In-coming.
Wool. She passes it to Dwight. This one is my favorite one, though. I’d like to live in a little house made of this one. 51 f sarah ruhl F She passes it to Dwight. dwight A house made of paper. Dwight tries to build a little house out of the paper. jean Yeah. And this one! Braided hair. Dwight touches it. dwight Can I braid your hair? jean What? Okay. Dwight stands behind Jean and fumbles with her hair. dwight Am I pulling too hard? jean No, that’s fine. It feels nice. You know what’s funny? I never had a cell phone.
And Jean. Everyone wears black, except for the mother, who is in a bright red getup. A flurry of activity getting to the table. Everyone sits in the wrong spot. mrs. gottlieb Place cards, there are place cards! Everyone moves, checking place cards, saying things like: Oh, oh, sorry, excuse me. 33 f sarah ruhl F Jean stares at Dwight. He looks so much like Gordon. But Jean doesn’t want to remind anyone of Gordon’s death, so she doesn’t comment on the resemblance. A silence. hermia Gordon used to sit—there.
Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl