Coeurage Presents Is He Dead, New Play By Mark Twain


Coeurage presents
Is He Dead?

What do you get when you combine Mark Twain and David Ives? “An elaborate madcap comedy
that registers high on the mirth meter and reaches especially giddy comic heights!” – David
Rooney, Variety. Coeurage Theatre Company brings the Twain-penned, Ives-adapted farce Is He
Dead? to the stage right in time for the 3rd Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Twain’s play was never produced in his time, largely due to a fire that destroyed London’s
Lyceum theatre in 1898. Over a century later, the play was discovered in UC Berkeley’s
archives, revamped by Ives, and debuted on Broadway – ironically at the Lyceum Theatre.
Coeurage looks to build on a third season that has already seen hit productions of Balm in Gilead
and Romeo and Juliet, also featuring ambitious mountings with large ensemble casts. Associate
Artistic Director Ryan Wagner returns after directing their acclaimed production of Dylan
Thomas’ Under Milk Wood.
Is He Dead? tells the story of Jean-Francois Millet, a painter deeply in debt and in love who
receives this ultimatum from his creditor: pay the rent, hand over the woman he loves, or go to
debtor’s prison. Instead, Millet hatches a wild scheme: fake his own death, watch the value of his
paintings skyrocket, and live as his fictitious sister, the Widow Tillou.
Is He Dead? runs June 9 – July 15, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm.
For interviews, press tickets, or more info please contact Julianne Donelle at or (559) 779-8683.

Is He Dead? by Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives Who:
Directed by Ryan Wagner
Starring: Tina Van Bercklelaer, Gedaly Guberek, Ruby Hanger, Collin Hurst, Jean Kauffman, Gregory Marcel, TJ Marchbank, Kurt Quinn, Sara Perry, Larry Peters, Deven Simonson
Stage Manager: Rebecca Eisenberg Assistant Director: Peter Weidman Assistant Stage Manager: Mason Reynolds Technical Director: Ric Perez-Selsky
Set Design: Ryan Wagner
Sound Design: Joe Calarco
Lighting Design: Michelle Stann Costume Design: Bradley Allen Lock Prop Master: Jonathan Castanien Hair/Wig Designer: Erik McEwen Master Carpenter: Turner Jennings Casting Director: Noah Gillett
Friday, June 8th, 8:00pm (PREVIEW)
Saturday, June 9th, 8:00pm (OPENING NIGHT) Sunday, June 10th, 7:00pm
Friday, June 15th, 8:00pm
Saturday, June 16th, 8:00pm
Sunday, June 17th, 7:00pm
Friday, June 22nd, 8:00pm
Saturday, June 23rd, 8:00pm
Sunday, June 24th, 7:00pm
Friday, June 29th, 8:00pm
Saturday, June 30th, 8:00pm
Sunday, July 1st, 7:00pm
Friday, July 6th, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 7th, 8:00pm Sunday, July 8th, 7:00pm Friday, July 13th, 8:00pm Saturday, July 14th, 8:00pm Friday, July 15th, 7:00pm
Actors Circle Theatre
7313 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046
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