FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2019
CONTACT: Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications
The Clean House Sweeps into the Next Stage
Memphis, TN – The Clean House, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama by playwright Sarah Ruhl, will be performed in the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis, April 5 -20, 2019. Whimsical and touching, this story focuses on a quirky Brazilian maid hired by a career-oriented doctor, Lane. The only problem is that the maid hates to clean; she longs to be a comedienne. When Lane is deserted by her husband for his older mistress we are shown that there is humor and beauty to be found in life's most unlikely messes.
“Sarah Ruhl is my favorite playwright,” confesses director Leslie Barker. “She was a poet before she was a playwright … her language is stunningly beautiful, but also funny.” According to Barker, most of Ruhl’s work is full of magical realism that gives the director, actors, and artistic team space to push the limits of their creativity and to dream up a world together. She revels, “Above all, it is utterly human. This play captures emotions in the most extraordinary way by inhabiting the surreal. Oh, and by the way, it is ultimately about forgiveness.”
“The Next Stage at Theatre Memphis is a perfect venue for a contemporary work like The Clean House,” Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch exclaims. “Life isn’t always tidy. We don’t live in a vacuum. Given the opportunity to produce something light-hearted, yet sincere, we can paint a broader stroke about life and how we live it,” Litch continues.”
There will be a talk back after the show on April 11, 2019. The director and actors will be available to interact with patrons who attend that night to discuss the production.
TITLE: The Clean House
WRITTEN BY: Sarah Ruhl
DIRECTOR: Leslie Baker
VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117
RUN DATES: April 5 - 20, 2019
TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays
TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 student; $20 Military and 62 and older
BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323
SPONSORED BY: Dorothy O. Kirsch
MEDIA SPONSORS: WKNO 91.1 FM, The Memphis Flyer, Germantown News, The Best Times
Promotional image attached. Production photos available April 2, 2019.
Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.
Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from: First Tennessee Foundation/ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission.