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New Phoenix's 'Correspondent' probes guilt, grief and the great beyond

We're all used to receiving strange emails from dubious sources that sneak through our spam filters:

Nigerian princes looking to unload their fortunes, solicitations for illicit services, purveyors of discount pharmaceuticals.

But dead people?

That's the suspicion of the main character in Ken Urban's spooky thriller "The Correspondent," a three-character play opening March 24 in the New Phoenix Theatre (95 Johnson Park).

That character, a grief-stricken man who longs to connect with his deceased wife, will go to any length to counteract his gnawing guilt about the circumstances of her death.

Urban, New Phoenix Artistic Director Kelli Bocock-Natale said, "wrote this based on a website he found called Afterlife. I just thought, this idea that you can actually convince people that you could get messages to their loved ones in the afterlife from a website was just too interesting to me."

The production stars New Phoenix founder Richard Lambert, Candace Whitefield and James McMaster. Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 853-1334 or visit


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