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Is He Dead?

Mark Twain, Adapted by David Ives

Is He Dead? is a play by Mark Twain. It was first published in print in 2003,[1] after Mark Twain scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin read the manuscript in the archives of the Mark Twain Papers at the University of California at Berkeley. The play was long known to scholars but never attracted much attention until Fishkin arranged to have it published in book form. She later played a primary role in getting the play produced on Broadway. Is He Dead? is now published and licensed for theatrical use by Playscripts, Inc.[2] Written in 1898 in Vienna, the play focuses on a fictional version of the great French painter Jean-François Millet as an impoverished artist in Barbizon, France who, with the help of his colleagues, stages his death in order to increase the value of his paintings, and afterwards dresses as a woman to keep his secret safe. Combining elements of burlesque, farce, and social satire, the comedy relies on such devices as cross-dressing, mistaken identities, and romantic deceptions to tell its story, which raises questions about fame, greed, and the value of art.

Directed By

Doug Staley

Production Team

Al Angel

Scenic Designer

Skyler Burger

Sound Designer

Brittany Cox

Scenic Artist

Angela Flowers

Costume Designer

Dave Hastings

Lighting Designer

Sarah Ross

Stage Manager

Jodi Sauerbier

Property Master

Jaime Shure

Assistant Stage Manager

Kayla Walker

Dialect Coach

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