Theatre Young Harris to Present Dead Man’s Cell Phone as Part of Studio Series

Monday, September 10, 2012

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Theatre Young Harris to Present Dead Man’s Cell Phone as Part of Studio Series

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Theatre Young Harris will present two performances of the wildly imaginative new comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Performances begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22, in Dobbs Theatre located inside Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The performances are free and open to the public.

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone by playwright Sarah Ruhl, recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play The Clean House. Ruhl explores how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering changes us—in this odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

“It has been amazing to work with such a talented cast comprised of five freshmen theatre majors, and it’s been great to see them grow as actors,” said the play’s director, YHC senior theatre major Paige Crawford of Tucker, Ga. “I also have an awesome team on the technical side of the production, as well as an amazing assistant director and stage manager. We have put a lot of hard work and passion into this play, and we can’t wait to share the final product with the audience.”

The production features freshman Kay Forbey of Monroe, N.C., as Jean, freshman Justin Gibbs of Cumming, Ga., as Gordon, freshman Devyn White of Conyers, Ga., as Mrs. Gotlieb, freshman Andy Wemhoner of Matthews, N.C., as Dwight, and freshman Emma Jones of Ellijay, Ga., as Hermia. Sophomore Gina Dropp of Kennesaw, Ga., serves as the assistant director and stage manager.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is part of Theatre Young Harris’s Studio Series, which was created to give additional performance opportunities to students pursuing careers in theatre or musical theatre. The series consists of three productions throughout the academic year.

Theatre Young Harris is a performing arts organization of Young Harris College. Each season, the theatre company presents a full lineup of notable productions, including full-length musicals, innovative dramas, classic plays, children’s shows and more. Auditions are open to students, faculty and staff of Young Harris College as well as the community.

Individual show tickets for the 2012-2013 Mainstage Series are on sale now online at Tickets may also be purchased through the Young Harris College Box Office at (706) 379-4307. The Box Office, located in the lobby of Goolsby Center, opens Monday, Oct. 29, for phone and walk-up ticket purchases and will be open two weeks prior to opening night for shows in the Mainstage Series. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit