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Dead Man’s Cell Phone

April 17 – May 10, 2020

  • By Sarah Ruhl

  • Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner

  • Hubbard Theatre

  • Age Recommendation: Age 14 and up.

  • #AlleyDeadMan


An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy by Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House). An off-the-wall play about the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. 

Performance Notice
We sadly announce that the Alley has canceled the remainder of the 2019–20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. This difficult decision was unavoidable in light of the unprecedented challenges ahead. For more information, please go here.

What the critics are saying: 
"Satire is her oxygen… In her new oddball comedy, Sarah Ruhl is forever vital in her lyrical and biting takes on how we behave."  The Washington Post  
"Ruhl's zany probe of the razor-thin line between life and death delivers a fresh and humorous look at the times we live in." – Variety  
"…beguiling new comedy blends " – The New York Times

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company. 


Associate Producer

Associate Producers

Associate Producers

Creative Team

Sarah Ruhl


Michael Locher

Scenic Design

Tricia Barsamian

Costume Design

Isabella Byrd

Lighting Design

Matt Starritt

Sound Design

Rebecca R.D. Hamlin

Assistant Stage Manager

The Cast


Melissa Pritchett

as The Other Woman


Jay Sullivan

as Dwight


Todd Waite

as Mrs. Gottlieb