In this newly discovered Mark Twain comedy, the original master of American humor dishes out a sly critique of the art world with acerbic wit and social commentary well ahead of his time. Is He Dead? is a fast-paced play about a struggling artist who stages his own death to drive up the price of his paintings. As the riotous scheme unfolds, Twain poses daring questions about fame, greed and the value of art, and pokes his signature, mischievous fun at everyone involved.
Adapted by David Ives (All in the Timing), directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Michael Blakemore (Noises Off) and starring Tony Award® winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Mark Twain's Is He Dead? is a landmark Broadway premiere and a chance to experience the never-before-seen work of a great humorist at the top of his form.