Is He Dead?
In this newly discovered comedy by Mark Twain, the original master of American humor dishes out a sly critique of the art world with acerbic wit and social commentary. Richly intermingling elements of burlesque, farce, and social satire, Is He Dead? centers on a group of poor artists in Barbizon, France, who stage the death of a friend to drive up the price of his paintings. Of course, it's difficult to revel in public adulation from the grave, so the indebted artist poses as his imaginary twin sister in order to enjoy his own fame and fortune. For the antics to succeed, the artists must hatch some hilarious schemes, including a full-scale fake funeral. Adapted by David Ives, this fast-paced comedic romp will have you laughing loud enough to wake the dead.
"An elaborate madcap comedy that registers high on the mirth meter."
Marie - KELLY MORAN DOWNEY
Andre - TIM ESCHELBACH
Cecile - CHRISTINA FRITZ
Madame Bathilde - DEE GAUTHIER
Chicago - DAVE HOLYOAK
Thorpe, etc. - PEDRO MARTINEZ
Dutchy - CONOR McSHANE
Millet - PRESTON MISNER
O'Shaughnessy - KYLE SPARKS
Madame Caron - NANCY THIELE
Leroux - LEO ZAINEA
Assistant Stage Manager - ELVIN E. EAST
Director - STEPHANIE SANDBERG
Scenic Designer - DAVID KYHN
Costume Designer - BARBARA B. MOELAART
Hair & Makeup Designer - KIMBERLY MAIDA
Lighting/Sound Designer - JOSEPH R. WALLS
Technical Director - PHILLIP A. MILLER
Properties Master - STACY BARTELL
Stage Manager - JOHN KOCHMANSKI
January 29 - February 13, 2010
The Civic Auditorium
329 South Park St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
All performances in the Civic Auditorium feature reserved seating. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. View Seating Chart.
Available after 6pm in the Civic parking lot at the northeast corner of Lovell and Park Streets. There is additional parking behind the Carver Center. Street parking is available after 5pm.
Photos courtesy of Fred Western