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Performance Dates

Is He Dead?

UNK Miriam Drake Theatre
2506 12th Avenue • Kearney, Nebraska

June 6-8 • 7 pm
June 8 & 9 • 2 pm

Tickets: $20
*Tickets available by calling 308-627-5796 or clicking the “Buy Tickets” button on this page.

Unpublished for more than 100 years, Mark Twain’s signature humor comes to life on the stage in his only play. A young, talented painter (based on the real life Jean-Francois Millet) finds his dreams of marrying his true love thwarted by debt and the lack of buyers for his work. Forced into desperate measures, he realizes that no artist is truly successful unless he is dead. Faking his own death, Millet develops a plan to dress as his imaginary twin sister, Widow Tillou to secure his fortune. Now a rich “widow,” he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry the love of his life.

Is He Dead? is produced in partnership with the University of Nebraska Kearney Theater.

Special support provided by the Theodore G. Baldwin Foundation and the Arram Family Foundation.


Mr. Klemper
Barry Klemper
Norman Bulansky
Lucien P. Smith
Mrs. Fremus/Mrs. Warren
Mr. Hedges/Mr. Corbin/Sen. Clarke
Arnold Wiggins
Scenic Artist
Scene Designer
Props Designer/Assistant Technical Director
Master Electrician/Carpenter
Technical Director
Stage Manager/Carpenter
Assistant Props Designer
Light Designer