Drama and Dance Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

Messy Relationships in “The Clean House”

Heidi Gleichauf as Lane in "The Clean House." Photo by Trent Campbell '19

Hofstra’s Department of Drama and Dance presents Sarah Ruhl’s play The Clean House, directed by Jennifer Hart. Performances are November 10-19 at the Joan and Donald Schaeffer Black Box Theater, Joseph G. Shapiro Family Hall, South Campus (formerly the New Academic Building).

Luiza Mendonca as Matilda

The Clean House was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the winner of the 2003-2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The play takes place in what Ruhl describes as “metaphysical Connecticut,” mostly in the home of a married couple who are both doctors. They have hired a housekeeper named Matilde, an aspiring comedian from Brazil who’s more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than in house-cleaning. Lane, the lady of the house, has an eccentric sister named Virginia who’s just nuts about house-cleaning. She and Matilde become fast friends, and Virginia takes over the cleaning while Matilde works on her jokes. Trouble comes when Lane’s husband Charles reveals that he has found his soul mate, or “bashert” in a cancer patient named Ana, on whom he has operated. This theatrical and wildly funny play is a whimsical and poignant look at class, comedy and the true nature of love.

Bryan Raiton as Charles and Willow Reed as Ana

After its acclaimed run at Yale Repertory Theatre, The Clean House was performed to equal acclaim at several major theaters coast to coast before winding up off-Broadway at Lincoln Center, where it enjoyed an extended run.

Show times at Hofstra are Friday, November 10 and 17, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 11 and 18, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, November 12 and 19, at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, November 16, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens. Members of the Hofstra community receive two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. For tickets and information call the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644, or purchase tickets online. If seats are still available on the day of performance, tickets will be sold at the door starting 90 minutes prior to show time at the theater box office window.

(Please note that free Hofstra community tickets cannot be purchased online – they can be picked up at the Box Office.)

PHOTOS BY TRENT CAMPBELL ’19

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