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The College of Idaho produces two on-campus plays

2010. 11. 10.

The College of Idaho theater department is performing two on-campus plays over the next three weeks. Dead Man's Cell Phone opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and The Passage opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Langroise Studio Theatre. Tickets cost $10 for adults or $7 for seniors and students. C of I students, faculty, and staff get in free. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. and matinees at 2:00pm. For tickets and information, call (208) 459-5275.

“The College has never done two plays in rotating rep,” said C of I senior Victoria Hess, who plays the role of The Skeleton in The Passage. “It's been a challenge sharing the same stage, but it's created a lot of opportunities for the students. Everybody has worked really hard and we are hoping for a full house.”

Dead Man's Cell Phone is written by Sarah Ruhl. The C of I version is directed by alumnus Jef Petersen, who performs with the Insert Foot improvisation comedy group at the Heirloom Dance Studio in Boise. The satirical play tells the story of a woman who finds a dead man in a café, answers his ringing cell phone and proceeds to try and fix his broken family relationships over the phone. After Thursday, Dead Man's Cell Phone will show evenings on November 12, 20, and December 1 and 2. There is one matinee performance on November 21.

The Passage is Robert Lawson's performance art retelling of Herman Melville's epic novel Moby-Dick. The C of I version is directed by theater professor Michael Hartwell. The Passage is an ensemble piece that focuses less on the plot and more on the morals behind the story. After Saturday, The Passage will show evenings on November 18, 19, and December 3 and 4. The matinee is on November 14.

“Obsession, devotion, love, redemption and resurrection all seem to surround this whale,” Hartwell said. “This play is more of a rhythmical poetic adaption that uses a handful of songs, a smattering of puppetry, plenty of skeletons, a silent film, interpretative movement and contemporary satire.”

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit