Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl

By Sarah Ruhl

“Satire is her oxygen. . . . In her new oddball comedy, useless Man’s mobile phone, Sarah Ruhl is without end 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 demise promises a clean and funny examine the days we are living in.”—Variety

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

An continuously ringing cellular phone in a quiet café. A stranger on the subsequent desk who has had adequate. And a lifeless man—with loads of unfastened ends. So starts off lifeless Man’s cellphone, a wildly resourceful new comedy by way of 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 pressured 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 middle Theater, the Goodman Theatre, enviornment degree, South Coast Repertory, Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, between others, and the world over. She is the recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (for The fresh residence, 2004), the Helen Merrill rising Playwrights Award, and the Whiting Writers’ Award. The fresh apartment used to be a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005. She is a member of 13P and New Dramatists.

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And the words—delivered through another woman. What a shit. 21 f sarah ruhl F The Other Woman looks away. She wipes a tear away. jean It’s not like that. Gordon said that he had loved many women in his life, but when he met you, everything changed. He said that other women seemed like clocks compared to you—other women just—measured time—broke the day up—but that you—you stopped time. He said you—stopped time—just by walking into a room. other woman He said that? jean Yes. other woman Oh, Gordon.

Dwight Can I cut you some meat? 42 f dead man’s cell phone F jean I’m sort of a vegetarian. dwight Oh—I’m so sorry. Why didn’t you say so? jean I didn’t want to impose. I think people should be polite when someone cooks a meal for them. Even semi-vegetarians. I mean a foolish consistency is a hobgoblin of little minds. Isn’t it? dwight I’ve always thought so. They look around at the table. Well—it looks like there’s only meat. jean That’s okay. dwight Let me look in the kitchen. Hold on. Dwight exits.

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. I didn’t want to always be there, you know. Like if your phone is on you’re supposed to be there. Sometimes I like to disappear. But it’s like— when everyone has their cell phone on, no one is there.

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