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Twin City Stage Announces Auditions for Is He Dead?

Is He DeadTwin City Stage will hold auditions for the first show of its 81st Season, Is He Dead?, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7 at the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem. No appointment is necessary.

In this madcap farce, a young Parisian painter realizes that only dead painters achieve fame and fortune. With the help of his friends, he fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own twin sister. Now, all he has to do is find a way out of the dress, return to life, and marry the girl of his dreams.

Is He Dead? is a farce written by Mark Twain in 1898 and adapted by David Ives for its inaugural Broadway performance in 2007. While the comedy’s main character, Jean François Millet, is a historical French painter, the situation is entirely fictionalized. The Wall Street Journal called Is He Dead? “shriekingly funny.”

Joshua Waterstone will direct Is He Dead?. There are roles available for 7-12 men (ages 20-80) and 4-6 women (ages 20-80). Actors should be prepared for cold readings, although short (1-2 minute) prepared monologues will also be welcome.  If those auditioning play an instrument or sing, they should bring the instrument and come prepared to play a short song.

Is He Dead? performance dates will be September 18-20 & 24-27, 2015. All performances will be held at the Arts Council Theatre. For more information, please call Twin City Stage at (336) 748-0857 x209 or visit the website at