The Clean House

Dates: 04/07/2017 - 04/23/2017 Dates: 04/07/2017 - 04/23/2017 Location: Doris Harper-White Playhouse

The Clean House
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Nichole Garrison
April 7-23

Theatrikos sets the stage for uniquely whimsical comedy

Winner! 2003-2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
Finalist! 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Sarah Ruhl is the 2003 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

Thanks to Chrissy Doba, Production Director: Great Circle Media for the Radio Spot

Longtime theater educator Nichole Garrison jumped at the opportunity to direct what she considers to be the perfect play: Sarah Ruhl’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Clean House.” This whimsical and poignant look at class, comedy, and the true nature of love is the second production in Theatrikos Theatre Company’s 2017 season and runs three weekends-April 7 through 23-at the Doris Harper-White Community Playwright in historic downtown Flagstaff.

“I absolutely fell in love with it the first time I read it more than a decade ago, and it has since become a regular part of my curriculum,” Garrison said. “It’s crafted in such a unique, artistic, glorious way, and I was beyond thrilled to learn that it would be staged at Theatrikos this year.”

“The Clean House” takes place at the home of Lane and Charles, who are a married couple who are both doctors. Their Brazilian housekeeper, Matilde, is an aspiring comedian and more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than in housecleaning. Lane’s eccentric sister Virginia happens to be nuts about housecleaning, and she and Matilde become fast friends as Virginia takes over the cleaning while Matilde works on her jokes. Trouble comes when Charles reveals he has found his soul mate in Ana, a cancer patient on whom he has operated. The actors who play Charles and Ana also play Matilde’s parents in a series of dream-like memories, as we learn the story about how they literally killed each other with laughter.

“Sarah Ruhl presents the struggles and joys of everyday relationships with profound artistry,” Garrison said. “‘The Clean House’ exemplifies what a contemporary masterpiece looks like-in form, in dramatic structure, in the brilliant use of symbolism and metaphor. It breaks the rules and reminds us that reality and fantasy can exist onstage in seamless harmony.”

This production is generously underwritten by Merry Maids.

Individual tickets for the April 7 opening performance are $20 to $24 and include a post-show reception with the cast featuring food from Agave Mexican, Fat Olive’s, and Mike & Ronda’s The Place.  

Join us for a special “First Friday” pre-show reception at 5:30 p.m. on April 7, featuring free refreshments and the nature photography of Amanda Delano and jewelry by Elisa Rosales in our lobby. All are welcome to stop by, regardless of whether you plan on attending the performance. 

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Please note: There will not be a performance on Easter Sunday. Instead, a matinee performance has been added at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15.
$18 to $24

Tickets can be purchased online; by calling (928) 774-1662; or by visiting the theater’s Box Office, which is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and two hours prior to each performance.

Theatrikos Theatre Company’s 2017 Mainstage Season has been underwritten in part by the Flagstaff Arts Council, the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, the City of Flagstaff’s BBB Revenues, the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nackard Companies, the Molly and Joseph Herman Foundation, and the Geile Foundation.    

  • “Fresh, funny … a memorable play, imbued with a melancholy but somehow comforting philosophy: that the messes and disappointments of life are as much a part of its beauty as romantic love and chocolate ice cream, and a perfect punch line can be as sublime as the most wrenchingly lovely aria.” – The New York Times
  • “A rich work about big themes from a young playwright with an original and audacious voice.” – Variety
  • “Casts a spell that had me hooked.” – The New York Daily News



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