ICC Theatre Program Presents “The Dead Guy” Opening February 26

Pictured above: Nathan Apodaca (left) portrays down-on-his-luck Eldon Phelps, and Gillian Strachan plays Gina Yaweth, a TV producer looking to make her next hit TV show in the ICC Theatre Program’s production of The Dead Guy by Eric Coble. For tickets or more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Performing Arts Center at (309) 694-5136.

America’s obsession with reality TV is examined when the Illinois Central College Theatre Program presents The Dead Guy by Eric Coble, opening February 26, in the ICC Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre on the East Peoria Campus.

The show runs for six performances over two weekends, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays (Feb. 26 and 27 and March 4 and 5) at 7:30 pm. Performances take place Sunday, Feb. 28 and March 6 beginning at 2:30 pm.

The show is rated R for mature themes and language.

The story concerns a desperate television producer who lures Eldon Phelps, a hard-luck guy with nothing to lose, into accepting $1 million for the right to follow him with a camera for a week. At the end of the week, Phelps dies on live television in a manner selected by the home audience.

Cast members include: Nathan Apodaca of Brimfield as Eldon Phelps, Hannah Bruce of Bartonville as Roberta Phelps, Katie Doubet of East Peoria as Hooker/Sheila, Hannah Gidcumb of Tremont as Christy Moline, Victor Griffith of Washington as Virgil Phelps, Britian Pearl of Hanna City as Hooker #2/Dr. Nancy Schultz, Alek President of Delavan as Security Guard/Leon, Gillian Strachan of East Peoria as Gina Yaweth, and Anthony Turner of Peoria as Dougie.

Variety said The Dead Guy is “inspired and ruthless, Eric Coble has preempted the network vultures with The Dead Guy.” The Houston Press said The Dead Guy is “a slapstick satire/political satire on ultimate reality TV shows that will tickle your funny bone to no end.”

The ICC production is directed by Robin Berkley. Scenic designer for the show is Robert Fulton, and lighting designer is Jake Sleva.

The show is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Tickets cost $7 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online at ArtsAtICC.com or by calling the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.