By Sarah Ruhl

“Satire is her oxygen. . . . In her new oddball comedy, lifeless Man’s cellular phone, Sarah Ruhl is without end very important in her lyrical and biting takes on how we behave.”—The Washington Post

“Ruhl’s zany probe of the razor-thin line among lifestyles and dying can provide a clean and funny examine the days we are living in.”—Variety

“Sarah Ruhl is deliriously imaginitive and fearless in her number of material. She is an original.”—Molly Smith, inventive director, area Stage

An ceaselessly ringing cellphone in a quiet café. A stranger on the subsequent desk who has had adequate. And a lifeless man—with loads of free ends. So starts off useless Man’s cellphone, a wildly inventive new comedy through playwright Sarah Ruhl, recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” supply and Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play The fresh apartment. a piece approximately how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering adjustments us—it is the odyssey of a lady compelled to confront her personal assumptions approximately morality, redemption, and the necessity to attach in a technologically obsessed world.

Sarah Ruhl’s performs were produced at theaters round the nation, together with Lincoln middle Theater, the Goodman Theatre, enviornment level, South Coast Repertory, Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, between others, and the world over. She is the recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (for The fresh condo, 2004), the Helen Merrill rising Playwrights Award, and the Whiting Writers’ Award. The fresh apartment was once a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005. She is a member of 13P and New Dramatists.

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Or a little mascara. 24 f dead man’s cell phone F jean It was a funeral, so I wore black. mrs. gottlieb Fine, fine. That’s beside the point. Gordon left his telephone to you? jean Yes—he left it to me. mrs. gottlieb Why? jean He wanted me to have it. Why did you call him on the phone—after the funeral? mrs. gottlieb I call him every day. I keep forgetting that he’s dead. I do a little errand, take out my purse, and call Gordon while I’m stopped in traffic. It’s habit. jean I’m very sorry. It must be awful to lose a child.

Mrs. gottlieb Oh! 38 f dead man’s cell phone F jean I brought some presents for all of you. From Gordon. dwight You did? jean Yes. In his last moments. He wanted to give each of you something. From the café. Before he died. He was thinking of all of you. Dwight puts down the carving knife. Jean gets out a little bag of presents. This salt is for you, Hermia. Because he said you were the salt of the earth. Hermia takes the salt shaker. She is moved. hermia Thank you. jean And this is for you, Dwight.

Jean I didn’t want to impose. I think people should be polite when someone cooks a meal for them. Even semi-vegetarians. I mean a foolish consistency is a hobgoblin of little minds. Isn’t it? dwight I’ve always thought so. They look around at the table. Well—it looks like there’s only meat. jean That’s okay. dwight Let me look in the kitchen. Hold on. Dwight exits. Jean sits alone. She looks small and tired. An Edward Hopper painting, for five seconds. Dwight enters with some caramel popcorn. How about some caramel popcorn?

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