Dead Man's Cell Phone 

In this contemporary satire by Sarah Ruhl, Jean is just trying to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in a cafe, when a cell phone belonging to the man at the next table starts to ring. And ring. And ring. Jean realizes the man isn't answering it because he's dead. Out of confusion, annoyance and the tiniest bit of sick curiosity, she answers his phone. And takes a message for Gordon to call his mother back.

But she doesn't stop there, and before long Jean has found herself intertwined in Gordon's life and affairs, both professional and extramarital. She fesses up that he's dead, but his relations assume she has his phone because of her closeness with Gordon, not thievery. She dines at his mother's house and spins wild yarns about his dying words to great comedic effect.

Ruhl was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 and received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006.

Dead Man's Cell Phone debuted in New York in 2008 and has since received numerous productions all over the country. The Boise State Department of Theater will perform the play through Sunday, Oct. 10.

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