In November of 2008, FSCJ Dramaworks presented Is He Dead?, a comedy by Mark Twain adapted by David Ives. The play focuses on a fictional version of French painter Jean-François Millet, an impoverished artist who, with the help of his colleagues, stages his death in order to drive up the value of his paintings, and afterwards dresses as a woman to keep his secret safe. 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.
This show ran at FSCJ’s Wilson Center for the Arts November 13-23, 2008.
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