The Majestic Reader’s Theatre Company

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

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This Sunday Night
February 22nd • 3pm & 7pm
Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, Director: Pat Kight. The play was awarded a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play in 2008. It’s a quirky, surrealistic, hallucinatory and bizarre fantasy. A woman answers the cell phone of a stranger who dies in a café. Instead of turning the phone over to authorities she keeps it and takes messages from the dead man’s business associates, friends, family members, even his mistress. The more we learn about the man the more we realize he was a terrible person who loved himself far more than anyone else in his life. However, the woman’s imaginative reinvention of his character brings peace to his family.

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Sarah Ruhl’s thoughts on dressed down or “poor theater”.

“How Are We Going to Respect Each Other’s Families?”

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Our December production Greetings! directed by Don Taco opens in a week, Sunday December 28th for two performances 3 PM and 7 PM. Do you must know somebody who will be aching for entertainment via a feel-good Christmas story between the Holidays? Please invite them this week. Here is the story: Andy (Gary Prince) has a sweet Catholic mother (Wendy McCoy), a sour Catholic father (Rus Roberts) and a severely retarded younger brother named Mickey (Chuck Skinner). When Andy brings his Jewish atheist fiancé (Catherine Polan Orzech) to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. But when Mickey, whose entire vocabulary has been limited to “oh boy” and “wow,” suddenly spouts the word “Greetings!” the entire family’s belief system is turned upside down. For it seems an ancient, wise and witty spirit who is set upon healing the family’s wounds has borrowed Mickey’s body! Think “Abie’s Irish Rose” meets “All in the Family” with a mixture of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. Depending on your age Google as many of the previous references you need to.

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Getting to Know You

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Sylvia and Bowser at the park.
      Sylvia and Bowser at the park.

Sylvia Directed by Johanna Spencer opens August 31st.
It’s a fun show. Invite your friends to accompany you to the performance.
The cast is Michael Winder, Cathleen Hockman-Wert, Laurie Mason and Susan Hobbs.

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A Shayna Maidel Tomorrow!

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ShaynaMaidel Awesome article in the Corvallis Advocate!

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TICKETS AVAILABLE for Time Stands Still

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tickets_admission_theater_222623_lDirected by Robert Leff
TODAY Sunday, May 25 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

“Time Stands Still focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.”

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Tickets also available at the door.

A Peek Inside Time Stands Still

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The Director’s comments on Time Stands Still

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I’ve been a fan of Margulies’ plays for many years and am excited to finally direct one.

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When I first read Time Stands Still it “knocked me out.” It’s a serious play, but at times it is very funny.

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The play raises questions, but provides no answers. I’m interested in these types of plays.

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The four characters are interesting people. Our impressions of them change over the course of the action. The characters contrast with one another as individuals. Also, the two couples contrast with one another.

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To me, the play is a domestic love story. At the first rehearsal, I told the cast we’ll focus on the love and let other things in the play take care of themselves.

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Donald Margulies Comments On Time Stands Still

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There are references to things associated with the war in Iraq but it is not
“an Iraq play.” War is the backdrop for what is essentially a domestic love story . . .

Time Stands Still is very much about the choices and compromises we all make — in love, in work, and particular to his play, war, Ethical struggles touch on all aspects of life.

-Donald Margulies