Theatre to perform ‘The Dead Guy’

Dead-Guy-imageWilliam Woods University next month will present “The Dead Guy,” a satirical play that reflects on the American obsession with reality television.

The WWU theatre department will perform “The Dead Guy” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Dec. 8, in Dulany Auditorium. This is the second main stage production of the season.

Written by playwright and screenwriter Eric Coble, “The Dead Guy” features the ultimate TV reality show. A young man gets to spend $1 million over the next seven days, and a camera crew will follow him around to broadcast his every move and every adventure on national television.

There is a deadly catch involved, however. At the end of the week he will die according to the method voted on by the viewing audience. Since he’s in a tough luck position, he can’t turn the offer down.

“Whether you are entertained or disgusted, Coble’s skillfully woven comedy is a humorous and thoughtful critique on society’s obsession with other people’s realities,” the pop culture magazine, L.A. Splash, said of the production.

The play follows 11 characters—the hard-luck leading man, Eldon; middle-aged producer; the reserved cameraman; Eldon’s mother and brother; Eldon’s ex-girlfriend; two girls who know how to have a good time; a security guard who knows how to kill a good time; a pediatric doctor; and a nurse/born-again Christian.

Cast members are Laura Liebhart of McLouth, Kan., as Gina Yaweth; T.J. Green of Brandon, Miss., as Eldon Phelps; Jon Meyer of Creve Coeur, Mo., as Dougie; Kayla Jo Pulliam of Bloomington, Ill., as Roberta Phelps and Sheila; Stephen Chamineak of Hazelwood, Mo.; as Virgil Phelps; Kassaundra Davidson of Center City, Minn., as Christy Moline; Alyssa Scheele of Beatrice, Neb., and Pulliam as the Two Women; Zach Likens of Wentzville, Mo., as the Security Guard and Leon; and Alyssa Scheele as Nancy.

The production will be directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer, assistant professor of communications. Set design will be created by guest artist Theron Seckington, a ?scene shop assistant at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Staff member Jane Friedman will design the costumes.

Tickets for “The Dead Guy” go on sale Nov. 18. Prices are $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens (62+); $8 for WWU faculty, and staff; $7 for WWU students; and $6 for children (ages 6-12).

The production contains mature content and staging.

Purchase tickets by visiting the box office in McNutt Campus Center 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, calling 573-592-4267 or emailing Tickets are also available online at (credit/debit card only).