Conejo Players Theatre Presents Mark Twain’s Hilarious Is He Dead?

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. The penultimate Mainstage production of Conejo Players Theatre’s 60th Anniversary Season kicks off September 14, when the hilarious romp Is He Dead? takes to the CPT stage.

Is He Dead? – written by the legendary humorist Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives – is a madcap and boisterous comic farce. Think commedia dell’arte and Moliere mixed with a healthy smattering of The Marx Brothers, and you’ve got this show! Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux – but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien André. André 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 André – is to die, as it’s only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune … And so, Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a “rich dowager,” he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie. Don’t miss the show David Rooney of Variety called “a ripely enjoyable confection” – and Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal called “shriekingly funny”!

The cast includes Nicholas Johnson as Jean-Francois Millet; Robert Chambers as Phelim O’Shaughnessy; Nick Bemrose as Agamemnon Buckner (a.k.a. Chicago); Ezra Eells as Hans Von Bismarck (a.k.a. Dutchy); Jim Seerden as Papa Leroux; Lauren Rachel as Marie Leroux; Dawn Notagiacomo as Cecile Leroux / Lefaux; Thomas Carbone as Basil Thorpe / Claude Rivière / Charlie; Kyle Johnson as Bastien André; Erin Fagundes as Madame Bathilde / Sultan of Turkey; Judy Diderrich as Madame Caron / Emperor of Russia; and Jeremy Zeller as King of France.

Is He Dead? is directed by Randi Saxer Redman and Tanner Redman, and produced by Leo Zeller – with set and lighting design by Jeremy Zeller and Tanner Redman, and costume design by Barbara Mazeika. This production is rated PG.

Conejo Players Theatre presents Is He Dead?, the hilarious Mark Twain romp adapted by David Ives. Performances Sept. 14 – Oct. 6, 2018. Tickets are $18 for adults, or $16 for students / seniors / military. To purchase, or for more information, call the Box Office at 805-495-3715 or visit

LOCATION:                Conejo Players Theatre

351 S. Moorpark Rd.

Thousand Oaks, CA  91361-1008

PERFORMANCES:      September 14 through October 6, 2018

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8:00pm

Sunday at 2:00pm

TICKET PRICES:        $18 for adults or $16 for students / seniors / military

TO PURCHASE:          Go online to or call the Box Office at 805.495.3715


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