Little Known Mark Twain Comedy "Is He Dead?"

Coming to Scottsdale

By Mariah Fleming

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On March 27, 28 and 29, Scottsdale Community College kicks off Spring 2014 with its production of "Is He Dead?" a comic play written by Mark Twain in 1898 and first published in print in 2003. The play is free to the public and takes place on the main stage of the SCC Performing Arts Center in Scottsdale. Show times are March 27, 28 and 29th at 7pm with a matinee at 2pm on March 29th.

In this rollicking farce, a destitute artist fakes his own death, dons a dress and reappears as his long lost imaginary twin sister, all in hopes of increasing the value of his paintings. The play features Eric Mitchell in the dual roles of widow Daisy Tillou and artist Jean-Francois Millet. Featuring student actors from SCC's Theatre Arts program and scenic design by Amanda Embry, the play is free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Ben Tyler, highly regarded Arizona playwright and director, is Guest Director for this fairly straightforward farce, long known to scholars, but given little attention until it was published in book form in 2003. Contemporary American Playwright David Ives adapted "Is He Dead?" for the modern stage and its inaugural stage performance took place in 2007.

Tickets are free with reserved seating. Donations will gratefully be accepted. Call 480 423 6356 to reserve tickets or go to

March 11, 2014

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