Besides entertaining audiences, the play is helping actors develop self-awareness.
“It’s making me conscious of how much technology I use and how it’s breaking me off from real interaction,” says Aditya Vella, who plays Dwight, an analogue person in a digital age.
“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is having the opposite effect on Kassinda Bulger, who plays Jean, the lead character who doesn’t have any contact with technology until she picks up Gordon’s phone.
“Coming from her perspective, it’s really opened my eyes to see what my life was like before I had a cellphone, when I was in high school and what it’s like now, when I have everything at my fingertips and can contact my friends and family members without ever leaving the room or my chair.”
Although the director doesn’t expect people to stop checking their Facebook accounts or using their cellphones after they see the play, Doran hopes it will be insightful.
“It might start a conversation. It might get people thinking about it in a different way.”