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Photos: 'Is He Dead?' Meet & Greet

The cast and creative team of the world premiere Broadway-bound play Is He Dead?, a new comedy by Mark Twain, held a press meet and greet at the New 42nd Street Studios, New York City, on October 17, 2007. The play is adapted by David Ives, and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore; to open at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) on November 29.  Previews begin on November 8.

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.

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 sound design by David Van Tieghem.

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Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd. 

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