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Le Moyne College Presents Mark Twain's "Is He Dead?"

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release)… As part of the College’s year-long celebration marking the 100 year anniversary of Mark Twain’s death, the Department of Theater Arts at Le Moyne College in conjunction with the Boot and Buskin Theatre Group will present “Is He Dead?” Written in 1898 in Vienna as Twain emerged from one of the deepest depressions of his life, the play shows its author's superb gift for humor operating at its most energetic.

Le Moyne’s performance schedule is as follows:
Friday, Feb. 18: 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19: 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24: 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 25: 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 26: 8 p.m.

All performances take place in the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts on the Le Moyne campus.

The story centers on Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, who is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre threatens Millet with debtor's prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to be dead, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all the while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich "widow," he must find a way to get out of his dress, return to life, and marry his beloved Marie. Richly intermingling elements of burlesque, farce, and social satire, the play 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.

This Le Moyne College production of “Is He Dead?” will be under the direction of faculty member Matt Chiorini. Scenery and lights will be designed by Karel Blakeley and costumes designed by Meggan Camp.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $4 for students and the Le Moyne community. For additional information and ticket reservations, please call the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at (315) 445-4523 or visit www.lemoyne.edu/vpa.

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posted on: 1/18/2011