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CTX Theatre to present "The Clean House" by

Pulitzer-finalist Sarah Ruhl February 28 through March 2

The Clean House will be performed Friday, February 28 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., March 1 at 7:30 p.m. and March 2 at 2 p.m. by members of the CTX Theatre program at Concordia University Texas.

Several years ago, the celebrated American playwright Sarah Ruhl attended a cocktail party.  There, she met a doctor who complained that her live-in maid was too depressed to clean the house, despite the doctor having prescribed anti-depressants.  “I did not go to medical school,” the doctor said, “to clean my own house.” An idea was born.

Set in a “metaphysical Connecticut,” Ruhl’s The Clean House explores the extremes of humor, love, and cleanliness, as well as making several breaks in the time/space continuum. 

Ruhl’s inspired work of magical realism (a Pulitzer Prize-finalist and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize) will be produced in Concordia's Black Box Theater.  The all-student cast features Shina Bharadwaja, as Matilde, Maggie Thompson, as Lane, Chelsea Henderson, as Virginia, Adam Meyer, as Charles, and Toure’ Manning, as Ana.

Single play tickets are $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door, for general admission.  Cash or check only.  All CTX students, faculty, and staff can purchase tickets for $5. To reserve tickets, please call 512-313-PLAY.

The storyline:

At the beginning of the play, we meet Matilde, the funniest person in Brazil until moving to the U.S. to become the live-in maid for married doctors Lane and Charles.  Matilde wears black because she is in mourning; and cleaning makes her sad.  So, she spends her days looking for the perfect joke, though she is concerned that, if she finds it, she might die laughing.  To complicate matters for Lane, Charles falls passionately, operatically in love with a cancer patient upon whom he is operating.  Throughout the play, the audience is reminded of the whimsical, while sometimes melancholy, beauty of life.

Posted by melinda.brasher@concordia.edu • Feb. 10, 2014

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