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Announcing our 2018-2019 Season!

Dead Man's Cellphone poster reduced"Dead Man's Cell Phone" by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Carrie Baker.

Live in the Salisbury Theatre.  March 29 - April 7, 2019

Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl directed by Carrie Baker
WHERE: UAF Salisbury Theatre, 1718 Tanana Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99775

Thursday, March 28 @ 7:30pm (Pay what you can Preview)
Friday, March 29 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, March 30 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, March 31 @ 2:00pm
Friday, April 5 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, April 6 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, April 7 @ 2:00pm

TICKETS: (if purchased ahead of time online - available now.)
$10 Students**
$15 Seniors/ Military/ UAF Faculty & Staff
$20 Adults
ADA Tickets available at Box Office
*$2 more at the door service fee
**This show is only for ages 13 and up
Tickets are also available by calling the Box Office at 474-7751.

This play is rated PG-13 Strong Language and Mild Adult Themes

Jean - Emily Ross
Gordon - Heath Robertson
Dwight - Jared Olin
Mrs. Gottlieb - Siri Tuttle
Hermia/Stranger/Carlotta - Mary Conlin

Director  - Carrie Baker
Set Designer - Lara Lotze
Costume Designer - Amanda Casterline
Lighting Designer - Kade Mendelowitz
Projection Designer - Lara Lotze
Sound Designer - Andrew Cassel
Stage Manager - Colby Freel

THE STORY: “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, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. A work about how we memorialize the dead – and how that remembering changes us – it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.”
Samuel French

"Satire is her oxygen [...] In her new oddball comedy, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Sarah Ruhl is forever vital in her lyrical and biting takes on how we behave." - The Washington Post
"Ruhl's zany probe of the razor-thin line between life and death delivers a fresh and humorous look at the times we live in." - Variety
"[Ruhl] tackles big ideas with a voice that entertains" - NPR
"The beguiling new comedy [...] blends the mundane and the metaphysical, the blunt and the obscure, the patently bizarre and the bizarrely moving [...] [Ruhl] writes surrealist fantasies that happen to be populated by eccentrically real people, comedies in which the surface illogic of dreams is made meaningful – made truthful – by the deeper logic of human feeling." - The New York Times

Carrie Baker, Director of Dead Man's CellphoneTHE DIRECTOR:
Carrie Baker is a Professor and Chair of the Department Theatre & Film at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild- American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), and a founding company member of New York City’s Coyote REP. New York Theatre credits include: New Age Classics, New Perspectives Theatre Company, NYU Festival of New Works, Manhattan Theatre Source, and Coyote REP. Regional Theatre credits include: Utah Shakespearean Festival, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Summer Repertory Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Potomac Theatre Project, Washington Stage Guild, and Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre. TV: Guiding Light, Ed, and commercial voiceovers. Film: Mining for Ruby, alaskaLand, The Messenger, Chronic Town (Sundance 2008), Eat Me, and various industrial films. Directing credits include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Stop Kiss, Speech & Debate, How I Learned to Drive, The Laramie Project, Three Days of Rain, The Two Gentlemen of Verona  (Theatre UAF); The Taming of the Shrew (Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre); Turandot (Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra); The Telephone, Verdi & the Bard (Opera Fairbanks); and DIVE (Middlebury College). She has taught acting at Middlebury College, University of California Irvine, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts, Washington Shakespeare Company, and Northfield Mount Hermon School. Carrie holds a BA in Theatre and English from Middlebury College and an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.

The cast and crew is a talented mix of faculty, alumni, students, and community members. Leading the cast as Jean is graduating senior Emily Ross who says “this show is the weirdest one I've ever worked on and I've loved every second of it.” Playing an equally lost character is Jared Olin playing Dwight Gottlieb. “Having the opportunity to develop Dwight's character has been as fulfilling as it's been challenging. As each day goes by, where I get another session to study Dwight's growth in the production, I find myself gaining just as much growth and development as a player.” Rounding out the cast of five is Heath Robertson playing Gordon Gottlieb, the older brother to Dwight and owner of the persistently ringing cell phone, Siri Tuttle as Mrs. Gottlieb, the matriarch of the Gottlieb family, and Mary Conlin as Carlotta, the Stranger, and Hermia Gottlieb, the widow of Gordon.
 The design team consists of graduating senior Lara Lotze designing the set, projections, and props. Theatre UAF Alum Amanda Casterline is designing the costumes, Professor Kade Mendelowitz is designing lights, and Theatre UAF Alum Andrew Cassel is designing sound.

This play is rated Pg-13 for Strong Language and Mild Adult Themes.
The show runs 110 minutes.
There is a 15 minute intermission.
Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
The Salisbury Theater is in the Fine Arts Complex, off the Regents' Great Hall, on the Fairbanks campus.  Directions to the theatre are available here!
Tickets are available now.

Thaw Out Film Festival 2019UAF Film Club presents the 2019 Thaw Out Film Festival.  April 14, 2019 6:00-9:00pm

Hess Rec Center on campus.  More information to follow.

A Night for Conversation publicity imageFilm Screening / Premiere: "A Night for Conversation" by Kade Mendelowitz.

April 27, 2019 @ 7:30pm in the Lee H. Salisbury Theatre.

Other short films will be showed as well including "Bodies of Water" by Adrina Knutson, directed by Maya Salganek.  The evening will serve as a fundraiser for the Adrina Knutson scholarship fun.

More information and behind-the-scenes photos/videos are available at:

  • Please note: tickets held at “will call”, even if paid for, will be released for resale 10 minutes prior to curtain/showtime.
  • Unclaimed seats (if you have your tickets, but aren’t at the theatre) 5 minutes prior to curtain may also be resold. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to performances so that we may start on time.
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