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Dead Man’s Cell Phone

presented by Pepperdine Theatre Department

Tuesday, January 24–Saturday, January 28, 2023

by Sarah Ruhl
Nic Few, Director

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy by MacArthur fellow Sarah Ruhl.

When Jean finally picks up the dead man’s phone, her days become intertwined with his past and the life that goes on without him. As an employee at the Holocaust museum, Jean is well acquainted with the idea of morality and redemption—but the dead man’s funeral forces her to confront her long-standing assumptions.

With twists and turns and a bit of whimsy, this off-the-wall play explores our need to connect in a technologically-obsessed world.  

The production contains profanity, mature themes, and the use of a firearm.

No late seating allowed. Join a talk back with the actors and director after the Wednesday, January 25 performance.

Special thanks to our Friends of the Theatre members for supporting this production. To learn more about Friends of the Theatre and unique member benefits, click here. 



Tuesday, January 24–Saturday, January 28, 2023


Just $48 for all four Theatre Department Series performances. Call 310.506.4522.


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