The Grauer School Presents Mark Twain’s "Is He Dead?"

Encinitas, CA, February 12, 2015 --( The Grauer School’s High School Drama Department will be performing Mark Twain’s play Is He Dead? on Thursday, February 19th, Friday, February 20th, and Saturday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Is He Dead? recounts a fictional story of the brilliantly non-fictional painter, Jean-Francois Millet, who succumbs to the pressure from his friends to stage his own death in hopes of increasing the value of his paintings. The devious plot is fully realized with the aid of mistaken identities, cross-dressing, a funeral and a kind of madness that is almost surreal, yet is based on real premises.

Erin Langen, The Grauer School’s Theatre Arts Program Director, explains why she chose this particular piece: “When I read Is He Dead?, I knew that I had a group of actors that would not only have fun with this script, but would also be up for the challenge of performing a farce.”

Langen has a Theater Arts degree from the University of San Francisco and previously taught at Guajome Park Academy in Vista, where she created a Middle School Theatre Arts program prior to accepting a position at The Grauer School in 2011. During her time at Grauer, she has directed productions of Much Ado About Nothing and He Who Gets Slapped. This year’s cast is the largest to date with fifteen cast members and support from the entire Visual and Performing Arts Department.

“The Is He Dead? cast is extremely talented and sincerely enjoys the entire theatrical process. We are very proud to perform this play in our beautiful space at The Grauer School,” stated Langen.

All showings of Is He Dead? are open to the public and appropriate for all ages. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $5.

The Grauer School, a grades 7-12 private college preparatory school, is located at 1500 S. El Camino Real in Encinitas, CA. Grauer is currently accepting applications for grades 7-12 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Learn more information online at or by calling (760) 274-2116.

About The Grauer School
The Grauer School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a member of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and is the only school in the region to be honored as a designated UNESCO school. The Grauer School was named one of Outside magazine’s Best 10 Places to Work in the United States in 2013. The school serves as a successful educational model for hundreds of private schools around the world through the Small Schools Coalition (SSC) established by Founding Head, Dr. Stuart Grauer.
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