UCA Theatre to present Dead Man’s Cell Phone

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas will present the production, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl in the Black Box Theatre (Studio 210) of Snow Fine Arts Center on UCA’s campus.

This production will be Feb. 11, 12,18,19, at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 13 at 2 p.m.

This play explores the paradox of modern technologies ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age. This play was awarded a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play.

“I have been intrigued with the themes of this show before I ever read it.  In today’s world, we are more connected to each other than ever before, but Sarah Ruhl’s play challenges whether that is a good thing or not,” said Jim Harris, guest director from the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Theatre Program.

“How many times have you been in the same room with someone who was using social media on their phone – ‘connecting’ with Facebook friends, texting them, or using Instagram and it’s as if you don’t exist?  It happens every second of every day – people are missing the moments of life all around them, yet they can say with a straight face that they are fully informed about all of their friends’ lives.  I believe that we are missing so much when we transfix our gaze into those little communication machines.”

Harris hopes that after seeing Dead Man’s Cell Phone “the audience will consider the effects that instant communication can have on their day to day moments.”

Tickets are $10 to the general public and free to the UCA Community. Tickets are required because seats for this production are limited. Reservations can be made by call (501) 450-3265 or by visiting UCA Ticket Central located in the Reynolds Performance Hall box office. More information is available online at www.uca.edu/theatre or by contacting Melissa Kordsmeier, UCA Theatre Business Manager at mkordsmeier@uca.edu or (501) 450-5092.

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, and Communication, Mass Communication and Theatre, Music, and Writing. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators, and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit www.uca.edu/cfac or call (501) 450-3293.