JBU Presents Mark Twain’s Comedy ‘Is He Dead?’ Adapted by David Ives

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JBU sophomore Josiah Coroama plays French artist Jean-Francois Millet in JBU’s production of “Is He Dead?” a new comedy by Mark Twain, as adapted by David Ives.

SILOAM SPRINGS, Arkansas (Feb. 13, 2017) – John Brown University’s music and theatre department proudly presents “Is He Dead?” a new comedy by Mark Twain, as adapted by David Ives, with performances Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25 in the Berry Performing Arts Center.

The comedy follows French artist Jean-Francois Millet in 1846 Paris as he schemes to save his fiancé and her family from financial ruin. Since none of his paintings are selling, Millet fakes his death and returns as his twin sister, convinced that his art will be worth more posthumously. Millet must then find a way to return as himself and marry his fiancé.

“The David Ives adaption brings Twain’s imagination to life in a comical and entertaining play,” Jan Lauderdale, director, said. “I’m excited we have the opportunity to bring such a great hit to the stage of JBU.

The comedy, written by Twain in 1898 while he recovered from a dark period of his life, remained undiscovered for over 100 years until 2002 when it was found in Twain’s archives. The comedy was adopted for the modern stage by David Ives and premiered on Broadway in 2007.

Performances will be on Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. Each performance will be approximately two hours and contains mild adult language.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior adults, JBU alumni, faculty or staff, $7 for non-JBU students and $3 for JBU students. Tickets can be purchased online at jbu.edu/tickets or by calling 479.524.7382.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2017), JBU enrolls more than 2,700 students from 40 states and 37 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 39 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.


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