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UMM Thespis Players to Perform Mark Twain’s “Is He Dead?” Dec. 13-15

Added on: December 09, 2013

The UMM Thespis Players perform "Is He Dead?"MACHIAS, Maine — The Thespis Players, a student theatre group at the University of Maine at Machias, will present Mark Twain’s “Is He Dead?” on December 13-14 at 7 p.m. and on December 15 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Set in the 1840s, the play revolves around French artist Jean-Francois Millet (played by Ryan French) as he struggles to pay his loans. His greatest desire is to bring comfort to his love, Marie Leroux (Amy Dowley). But this is nearly impossible due to his evil patron, Bastien Andre (Daniel Qualls), who also wishes to wed Marie. Desperate, Millet discovers his best option is to fake his own death so his artwork becomes more valuable.

With the help of his friends and students Chicago (Andrew Henderson), Dutchy (Alex Lonsdale), and O'Shaughnessy (Bob Gledhill), Millet disguises himself as his own widowed sister. Comedy ensues as Millet desperately attempts to portray a woman to his friends and admirers.

The play also stars UMM students Cheyenne Robinson as Papa Leroux, Greta Brown as Cecile Leroux, Genevieve Athearn-Hess as Madame Bathilde, Cassandra Day as Madame Caron, Eddie Socker as Thorpe/Riviere/The Sultan of Turkey, Brittany West as Charlie/The Emperor of Russia, and Danielle Daly as The King of France.

“Is He Dead?” is directed by Andy Siegler with Maggie Aubin as stage manager and Dylan Katon, Amanda Dickey, and Tyler Sheltry as technical crew.

Admission is free for UMM students and children ages five and under. Children ages 6-12 and seniors are $5, and all others are $7.

For more information, contact Andy Siegler at or 207-232-0190.


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