Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Calls Keep Coming After Life Ends In Theatre Opener Dead Man’s Cell Phone

KINGSVILLE - September 24, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143


A man dies in a café. When his cell phone keeps ringing, a lonely woman decides to answer. She ends up learning more than she planned about his unconventional life, and about her own existence as well.

That’s the story of Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, the opening production of the 2009-2010 theatre season at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Show times and dates are 7:30 p.m. September 30, October 1 and 7, and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and 11. The production will be staged in the Little Theatre, located behind Jones Auditorium at 855 N. Armstrong. Admission is $5.

Director Corey Ranson, director of theatre and assistant professor of communications and theatre arts at A&M-Kingsville, noted that the comedy’s plot is filled with surprises, not the least of which is a cell phone ballet sequence.

Ranson also noted the performance will be assessed by judges of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, an arts organization that offers feedback to university and college theatre programs to encourage their students and promote professionalism.

The cast of Dead Man’s Cell Phone is as follows:

Catherine Desiderio plays Jean and Marcus Perez plays Gordon; both are freshmen.

Cassandra Clarke plays Hermia and Heraclio Gonzalez Jr. plays Dwight; both are seniors. Sophomore Michelle Flores plays the Stranger.

Sue Sabrio, a lecturer in mathematics at A&M-Kingsville, plays Mrs. Gottleib.

The ensemble players are made up of sophomores Miguel Venegas and Stephanie Terry, and six freshmen. Those six are Arlene Lara, Bianca P. Martinez, Myles L. Martinez, William Martwick, Amanda Soto and Katelyn Cotton.

The crew for the production includes freshman Aaron Adame, serving as stage manager. Senior Rick Saenz oversees video and lighting. Freshman Christian Acevedo serves as the production’s makeup artist and senior James Taylor Maupin IV is credited as the carpenter. Cristina Suarez-Machuca is the costumer for the production and the department.

For more information on Dead Man’s Cell Phone, call 361-593-3401.

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