Playing in the

Woods Since 1954

Playing in the

Woods Since 1954

Oak Grove Theater

845 Quicks Mill Road (Rt 612)

Staunton,Virginia 24401

Is He Dead?

A new comedy by
Mark Twain
as adapted by David Ives

Directed by Patrick Smith and produced by Alexis Wagner-Call
Thursday, May 24 - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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.

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Roles 11

Up to 7 Men, 4 Women

Some actors may play multiple characters

Female Roles:

Marie Leroux (Age younger/negotiable)

Millet's love interest. She is heartbroken when her true love "dies".

Cecile Leroux (Age younger/negotiable)

At once prudish and incessantly jealous of her love interest, Chicago, Cecile gets in on the cross-dressing act by disguising herself as a policeman to spy on him.

Madames Bathilde & Caron (Ages negotiable)

Millet's neighbors. They adore the artist, but are powerless to help him. They always appear together, often repeating the other's line or finishing the other's sentence. The actresses in these roles may also play the (non-speaking) Sultan of Turkey and Emperor of Russia.

Male Roles:

Jean-Francois Millet (Age younger/negotiable)

The renowned realist painter. The play takes place before he has attained his fame, and facing financial ruin he fakes his death and disguises himself as his fictional twin sister, the widow Tillou. Heels and lipstick will be required.

Agamemnon Buckner (Chicago, Age negotiable)

Millet's American friend, quick witted and clever, but rough around the edges. He delivers a lot of one-liners, like an old time comedian. Hatches the plot to fake Millet's death and forms the secondary love interest with Cecile.

Hans von Bismarck (Dutchy, Age negotiable)

A German ethnic stereotype with an over-the-top accent. The second of Millet's inner circle of friends. More down-to-earth, he tends to play the straight man of the trio. German accent.

Phelim O'Shaughnessy (Age negotiable)

An Irish ethnic stereotype with an over-the-top accent. The third of Millet's friends. Hot-tempered, he often plays the fool. If he were a Marx brother he'd be Chico, only Irish. Irish accent.

Papa Leroux (Age older, father of Marie & Cecile)

A down-on-his-luck widower, and father of both Marie and Cecile. Like Millet, he faces foreclosure. After "the widow Tillou" saves his family… yup, he falls in love with "her".

Bastien Andre (Age negotiable)

The play's villain. Millet's and Leroux's creditor, he attempts to blackmail first Marie, and then the widow into marrying him.

Multi-Part Single Actor (Age negotiable)

Basil Thorpe

An English ethnic stereotype with an over-the-top accent. A potential art buyer who only wants paintings by deceased artists.

Claude Riviere

A French ethnic stereotype with an over-the-top accent. A reporter for "Le Figaro".


The widow Tillou's servingman.

The King of France

Unbelievably, they still had kings after the revolution.


Oak Grove Theater

845 Quicks Mill Road (Rt 612)

Staunton, Virginia 24401

(540) 248-5005*

*Phone only manned on show nights


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Staunton, Virginia 24402


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