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TONY Award winner’s sound design part of WKU theatre production

WKU alumnus Darron West, winner of the 2012 TONY Award for Sound Design, is allowing WKU to use his soundscape for its April 11-16 production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone.

Darron West

Darron West

West was the original New York designer for Dead Man’s Cell Phone and has allowed his design to be adapted for use at WKU by Assistant Professor Andy Duff. West’s original sound design includes sound files featuring the voice of Mary Louise Parker who starred in the original.

Because the play centers on the ringing of a cell phone, West’s sound design appears in many of the stage directions in the published script and played a large role in the creation of the play.

deadmancellphoneParticularly relevant in the age of smart phones, this funny play was written in 2007 by Sarah Ruhl and is a quirky combination of mystery, romance, comedy and drama. The story centers on a woman named Jean who is bothered by a cell phone ringing nonstop in a restaurant. She answers the phone and then discovers the owner, Gordon, is deceased. She keeps the phone and continues to answer it and take messages. She becomes involved in Gordon’s life and decides to attend the man’s funeral to meet the callers and do her best to right Gordon’s wrongs.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is directed by Dr. David Young who was drawn to the play because “it has a very topical message and delivers it in a very fun engaging way.”

The play will be presented April 11-16 at the Lab Theatre in Gordon Wilson Hall and is recommended for mature audiences. All shows are at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Advance tickets are available at wku.showare.com or by calling the box office at (270) 745-3121.

About Theatre & Dance: More than 15,000 people were entertained by the WKU Department of Theatre & Dance last year. The department presents more than 20 productions every year including four Mainstage theatre productions, two Mainstage dance concerts, three student-choreographed dance concerts, a Children’s Theatre Series, a Studio Series of student-directed works, a Before Broadway Series featuring a staged reading of a new musical, and a Next Stage Series of showcases and works in progress. More information about the WKU Department of Theatre & Dance can be found at www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance, on Twitter @WKUTheatreDance or by calling the department at (270) 745-5845.

Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560.

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