Photo Coverage: 'Is He Dead?' Opening Night

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The world premiere production of Is He Dead?, a new comedy by master American novelist and satirist Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives, and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore, officially opened Sunday, December 9 at the Lyceum Theatre.

Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz leads the cast, which includes Jeremy Bobb, Marylouise Burke, Patricia Conolly, Jenn Gambatese, Tony Award nominee Byron Jennings, Tony Award nominee Michael McGrath, five-time Tony Award nominee John McMartin, Tony Award nominee David Pittu, Bridget Regan and Tom Alan Robbins.

"In this newly discovered Mark Twain comedy, the original master of American humor dishes out a sly critique of the art world with acerbic wit and social commentary well ahead of his time.† Is He Dead? is a fast-paced play about a struggling artist who stages his own death to drive up the price of his paintings.† As the riotous scheme unfolds, Twain poses daring questions about fame, greed and the value of art, and pokes his signature, mischievous fun at everyone involved," explain press notes.

Written in 1898, Is He Dead? remained unpublished until it was rediscovered in 2002 by noted Twain scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin.

The design team for Is He Dead? includes scenic design by Tony Award nominee Peter J. Davison, costume design by two-time Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Tony Award winner Peter Kaczorowski and music/sound design by David Van Tiegham.

Tickets for Is He Dead? are available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area, or online at Telecharge.com. The Lyceum Theatre Box Office (149 W. 45th Street, between 7th and 6th Avenues) will open on October 22, 2007.

Ticket prices for all performances are $26.50, $ 46.50, $76.50 & $98.50. All prices include a $1.50 facility fee.

Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm. Visit www.ishedead.com

Photos by Carlos Gustavo Monroy


Is He Dead? Opening Night, December 9 at the Lyceum Theatre


Bob Boyett and Daryl Roth


Shelley Fisher Fishkin


Kim Weild and Gerald Schoenfeld


David Ives


Norbert Leo Butz


David Pittu


Norbert Leo Butz


Michael McGrath


Marylouise Burke and Patricia Conolly


Marylouise Burke


Jenn Gambatese


Tom Alan Robins


Patricia Conolly


Michael McGrath and Jenn Gambatese


John McMartin


Bridget Regan and Jenn Gambatese


Bridget Regan


Jeremy Bobb

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Carlos Gustavo Monroy Carlos Gustavo Monroy, originally born in Cartago, Colombia, came to New York at age 18. He studied at the International Center of Photography, and worked in the travel industry for about 10 years. He was a staff photographer for Genre Magazine for almost three years, and is now a freelance portrait artist, shooting models for Subzero Modeling Agency. His photos have appeared in HX, the New York Press, the New York Blade, and more of his work can be seen at www.monroyphotographs.com.


 
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