August 23, 2019
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Maskers Cast Twain Comedy ‘Is He Dead?’

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Erik Perkins | BDN
Erik Perkins | BDN
Pictured (clockwise from left) are Danielle Bannister (Marie), Katie Glessner (Cecile), Tyler Johnstone (O'Shaughnessy), Sonia Vazquez (Mme. Carone), Dakota Wing ("Dutchy"), Cory Burns (Jean-Francois Millet), Mark Durbin ("Chicago"), Eric Sanders (Bastien), Stage Manager Kenny Shackford, Christine West (Mme. Bathilde), and Brian Ross ("Papa" Laroux). Not pictured is Jakob Sutton (Thorpe).

BELFAST — The cast of Belfast Maskers’ production of “Is He Dead?,” a comedy penned by Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives, gathered for an early read-through of the script at Waterfall Arts in Belfast.

Directed by Erik Perkins, Twain’s hilarious farce concerns the fate of brilliant French painter Jean Francois Millet. Deep in debt and unable to sell his masterpieces (due to the unfortunate condition of being alive) he and his madcap friends hatch a desperate plan. The production crew will include producer Carol Samuels, set designer Gary Hinte, sound designer Jay Rosenberg, costumers Erica-Rubin Irish and Maya Critchfield, and properties mistress Heather Shackford-Young.

“Is He Dead?” will open in Belfast August 16 and run Thursday-Sunday until the 26th. Belfast Maskers next production is the beloved musical “The Music Man”, July 19-29 at the Crosby Center. Belfast Maskers is a 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization. For more information about “Is He Dead?”, “The Music Man”, and other Belfast Maskers events and volunteer opportunities, visit and like them on