The Clean House and Dead Man’s Cell Phone to start Normandale Theatre Season

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

The first performances of the 2014-15 Normandale Community College Department of Theatre season will be The Clean House and Dead Man's Cellphone.

The first performance of The Clean House will open the season on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m., while the first performance of Dead Man's Cellphone will be on Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The Clean House is a spellbinding comedy that examines love and loss, class and status, and how the perfect joke might change the world. Lane's world is coming apart. Her housekeeper won't clean, her sister is on the verge of a breakdown, and her surgeon husband is rarely present. Existing in a place somewhere between reality and magic, The Clean House portrays a world where beauty can be found in the biggest messes. 

There will be shows on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. and two shows on Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The November 14 performance will be ASL interpreted.

Dead Man's Cellphone is an oddball comedy that challenges our growing obsession with staying technologically 'connected' while potentially letting the real connections pass us by. Jean sits alone in a quiet café.  Her life is the epitome of mundane, until she answers the ringing phone of the dead man at the next table. What follows is an odyssey of personal redemption - resonating with powerful truths about life, death and the mystical in-between.

There will be shows on Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m., two shows on Saturday, November 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and single shows on Wednesday, November 19 and Friday, November 21 both at 7:30 p.m.

Adult admission is $10, while senior/staff/student tickets will be $5. Season tickets are available for a discount. Please call 952-358-8884 to make reservations or email at

Future Performances by the Normandale Community College Department of Theatre will include a World Premier of Sugar (Feb. 26-28, March 4-7) and The Tempest (April 29-May 2). The following is a more detailed description of the two upcoming shows.

Sugar: In this insightful and probing serio-comic play, aspiring avante-garde artist Jack is creating socially conscious sculptures and paintings.  Her boyfriend, Hugh, is an investment banker.  Opposites attract.  Jack's free spirit brings a breath of fresh air into Hugh's more staid, up-scale life. And Hugh's financial generosity gives Jack a bit more freedom than most of her other artist friends. Or is Hugh's money a sugar coating covering the challenges inherent in this passionate relationship? 

The Tempest: Considered to be Shakespeare's final play, The Tempest takes place on a small island on a single day in which the magician Prospero creates a magnificent storm to shipwreck his estranged brother and confront their past. Full of romance and comedy, savagery and forgiveness, and fantastical creatures with magical qualities, this play is an exploration of how to conquer our own hearts and minds while allowing others the freedom to do the same.