Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective stages “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Oct. 9-12

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Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective stages “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Oct. 9-12

Steph Hickling Beckman, managing artistic director of Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective, is guest directing Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone for TheatreUNCA this Thursday through Sunday (Oct. 9-12). Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 p.m. on Sunday, with all performances at Carol Belk Theatre on the UNCA campus.

Described as a “beguiling comedy,” by the New York Times when it opened off-Broadway in 2008, Dead Man’s Cell Phone begins with incessant ringing by the title device in a public place, and draws the woman who answers into the lives of the deceased’s loved ones.

Cell phones and texting have made it “simultaneously easier and harder to for us to connect,” said Hickling Beckman. “We not only need never look anyone in the eye, we no longer need to even speak to one another.”

General admission tickets are $12, or $10 for senior citizens and UNC Asheville faculty and $7 for students and members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Tickets can be purchased online at the Department of Drama website, by phone at (828) 232-2291 or at the box office which opens 90 minutes before curtain.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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