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UMN Morris Theatre Season Opens with Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Dead Mans Cell Phone cast
Geordi Jones, Theatre Publicity and Box Office
Publication date: 
October 24, 2018

The University of Minnesota Morris Theatre Discipline opens its 2018–19 season with Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl. This dark comedy runs November 1–3 in the Black Box Theatre.


The play follows Jean, who finds herself in possession of a cell phone belonging to her late fellow cafe patron, Gordon. Jean takes it upon herself to answer Gordon's calls and gets wrapped up in the chaotic world he left behind. Jean quickly learns people are hiding more than she ever would have guessed.

Cast & Crew

Dead Man's Cell Phone is directed by guest artist Hannah Amundson. Amundson holds a degree in theatre from Concordia College, and she specializes in educational theatre. When she isn't working with actors, Amundson teaches 7–12th grade English at Herman Norcross Community School.

Jean is played by Katie Booth '20, Shoreview. Braeden McDougall '19, Minneapolis, plays dead man Gordon. Gordon's mother, Mrs. Gottlieb, is played by Paige Quinlivan '19, Saint Paul. Gordon's widow, Hermia, is played by Caroline Vodacek '19, New Auburn, Wisconsin. Dwight, Gordon's brother, is played by Ryan Stout '20, Brainerd; and the mysterious Other Woman is played by Natalie Wallraff '20, Blaine.

The design and technical team is led by Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Lucas Granholm '11, scenic designer/sound designer/prop master, assisted by Zoë Swigerd '18, Willmar, assistant scenic designer; and Jack Campbell '21, Saint Paul, assistant sound designer.

Spearheading the production's lighting design is Technical Coordinator Ben Fink, assisted by Alyssa Kraft '19, Oakdale. Alyssa Olsen '19, Cloquet, is the costume designer, with the build process led by Costume Shop Manager Anne Thorson. Other student crew members include Hailey Stobb '21, Milaca, stage manager, and Wyatt Anderson '20, Bloomington, assistant stage manager.

Tickets and Info

Performances of Dead Man's Cell Phone will take place November 1–3 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on November 3, in the Black Box Theatre, Humanities Fine Arts. Tickets (general admission $10 / students and seniors $5) are available for purchase at the door only. For reservations, call 320-589-6274 or email