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Slideshow: Dead Man's Cell Phone

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Dead Man's Cell Phone at SJCT - Photos added

San Juan Community Theatre's winter play, onstage from February 17-March 4, features a wildly imaginative contemporary comedy-drama. Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone opens in a quiet café, with an incessantly ringing cell phone, a stranger at the next table who has had enough, and a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. As the play unfolds, we witness the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically-obsessed world.


Director Tyler Ryan, who in 2016 directed a very well-received version of the play for our On Book! Reader Theatre, says its unique theatrical storytelling forms and eccentric characters play starring roles in a plot that centers on universal truths in modern-day times. “The play shines a light on people’s tender ache to be connected alongside our incessant insecurities around death.”

Ryan says his focus as a director will be to keep the production simple, to let the storytelling take the lead and to keep audiences surprised and delighted by this unconventional script. 


  • Jean - Shannon Kelley
  • Dwight - Cole Arendt
  • Mrs. Gottlieb - Kim Grotle
  • Hermia - Carrie Jewett
  • Gordon – Douglas Schirmer
  • Other Woman - Essine Kilpatrick-Boe


  • Friday, February 17 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, February 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 pm - Thursdays are ""Pay What You Can" at the door 
  • Friday, February 24 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, February 26 at 2 pm
  • Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 pm - Thursdays are ""Pay What You Can" at the door 
  • Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 pm

Tickets - $19/Adults; Student Reserved/$10; Student RUSH (at door only)/$5 - can be purchased online or at the box office

1 comment

  • Susan Hobbs Monday, 18 January 2021 12:42 Comment Link Report

    I’m so jealous that you have Kim Grotle in your midst there. She’s such an asset to a theatre troop. Miss you Kim. Susan, from the Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls, WA

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