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Oct. 26, 2011 

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University will present the dark comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone Friday, Nov. 11–Saturday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 17–Sunday, Nov. 20 in the Fine Arts Center La Croix Black Box Theatre. 

When a cell phone rings incessantly at a café, a woman at the next table has had enough and walks over to discover its owner is dead. She decides to answer the phone, only to discover the man left behind many loose ends, and is drawn into his life. 

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is about alienation and intimacy,” said Dana McConnell, the Viterbo theatre and music theatre department faculty member who is directing the production. “The play examines what feels like intimacy via technology, but how little the characters have in terms of genuine connection.” 

Dead Man’s Cell Phone was written by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl. It is intended for mature audiences, and the cast consists of Viterbo students Courtney Toepel, Jhardin Milton, Chelsea McManimon-Moe, Emily Creaser, Cameron Meilicke, and Alyssa Perau. 

“If you have a cell phone, the play is for you,” McConnell said. “The playwright really looks at who we are and who we’re becoming. The text is both contemporary and poetic, with flavorful language.” 

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11–12 and Nov. 17–19. The Nov. 20 show will be at 2 p.m. An Arts in Context Discussion will be held before the Nov. 12 and Nov. 18 performances from 6:30–7 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 for general admission seating. For more information, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit 



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