director | dramaturg | producer

Dead Man's Cell Phone

by Sarah Ruhl

University of Texas | Spring 2014

My first show on UT's mainstage was also my first opportunity to dive into the world of Sarah Ruhl. Leaning into Jean and Dwight's love of paper and the fairy-tale nature of Ruhl's text, the design team and I created a paper sketchbook set upon which commissioned sketches evocative of the emotional landscape in the play were projected. We were able to dive into each of the play's several locations fully and move between them quickly and elegantly. My cracker-jack cast - all undergraduate actors from UT - and I had a great deal of fun and good challenges delving into Ruhl's poetic, effervescent text. Also - this was my first crack at choreography: the cast and I worked together to create Ruhl's Cell Phone Ballet from scratch.
photos by Lawrence Peart, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin
additional photos by Patrick W. Lord
FEATURING
Maddrey Blackwood
Mackenzie Dunn
Tasha Gorel
Harrison Harvey
Merin Rogers
Joseph Wilson

COLLABORATIVE TEAM
Assitant Director: Caleb Britton
‚ÄčASM: Joseph Heike
Sound Designer: Jared LeClaire
Scenic Designer: Yongmin Lee
Projection Designer: Patrick W. Lord
Stage Manager: Colton Perry
Dramaturg: Selina Rosales
Costume Designer: Kelly Ruiz
Lighting Designer: Dawn M. Wittke
"[Hutchinson] embraces the peculiar play and creates a fast-paced piece from it. While you never really know where Ruhl's material is going, Hutchinson ensures that every moment is compelling and visually interesting."
   - Jeff Davis | BWW Austin