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Is He Dead?

By Mark Twain

Adapted by David Ives

September 13 - 29, 2019

Box Office: 513.684.1236

Runtime: 2 Hrs 15 min

Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor's prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that 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 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.


Nick Young - Francois Millet/Daisy Tillou 

Ryan Bowron - Chicago

Jimmy Jackson – O’Shaugnessy 

Darren Lee - Dutchy 
Katie Jensen - Marie

Cat Cook - Cecile/Lefaux

Roscoe Mlinek - Papa Leroux 

Petrina Barresi - Mme. Bathilde

Tara Pettit - Mme. Caron
Ray Lebowski - Andre Bastien

Danny Davies - Charlie, Basil, Claude, King of France, Policeman

The (silent) roles of the Sultan of Turkey and the Emperor of Russia will be played by a series of special guests who will vary through the run.

Michele Mascari makes her MPI directorial debut with the comedy by Mark Twain adapted by David Ives. “I’m excited to work with this cast,” Mascari said. “We have a nice mix of people I’ve worked with before and people I’m just meeting. We have some Mariemont stalwarts and some people these audiences will be seeing for the first time. I know we will laugh a lot while putting this show on its feet. You can’t help laughing with this material. Comedy is difficult, but we are up to the challenge and will have audiences laughing with us in September.”