The NOLA Project Show Archive
Is He Dead?
Is He Dead?
Written by Mark Twain
Adapted by David Ives
Directed by Beau Bratcher
September 2011: University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center; Robert E. Nims Theatre
A.J. Allegra: Agamemnon "Chicago" Buckner
Alex Martinez Wallace: Jean-Francois Millet
Jared Gore: Hans "Dutchy" Von Bismarck
Sam Dudley: Phelim O'Shaughnessy
Eric Long: The King of France
James Bartelle: Basil Thorpe
James Vitale: Charlie
Kristin Witterschein: Marie Leroux
Larry R. Johnson: Claude Riviere
Leianna Seals: Madame Caron
Natalie Boyd: Cecile Leroux
Paxton McCaghren: Papa Leroux
Shelby Butera: Madame Bathilde
Zach Rogers: Bastien Andre
James Yeargain: Assistant Director
Cliff Thompson: Stage Manager
Mignon Charvet: Costume Design
Joan Long: Lighting Design, Scenic Design & Construction
Kit Sternberger: Assistant Stage Manager
Kayln Hepting: Props Master
John B. Barrois: Production Photographer
Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux, but in debt to the villainous picture dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor's prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his own death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich "widow", he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie.
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