Shoestring Players Hold Auditions For “Is He Dead?”

August 24, 2012 at 10:32 am

The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will hold auditions for Is He Dead?, a play by Mark Twain that has been adapted by David Ives, on August 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center Theatre on the USC Upstate campus. Is He Dead? will be performed October 4 – 6 at 8:00 p.m. and on October 7 at 3:00 p.m.

Is He Dead? focuses on Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, who 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. With the help of his friends, Millet fakes his death and prospers, 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. Combining elements of burlesque, farce, and social satire, the comedy relies on such devices as cross-dressing, mistaken identities, and romantic deceptions to tell its story, which raises questions about fame, greed, and the value of art.

Lee Neibert, assistant professor of theatre at USC Upstate, will direct the production. For details, contact Lee Neibert at (864) 503-5987 or

Ticket prices are $4 for USC Upstate students and employees and $6 for general public. For tickets, please contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (864) 503-5695 or e-mail your tickets requests to Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 1 – 5 p.m. For further information contact Michael Dickins, Box Office Manager, at (864) 503-5848 or