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GSU Black Box Theatre presents 'The Clean House'

POSTED: September 26, 2013 10:36 a.m.
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Maid and aspiring comedian Matilde, portrayed by Karen Aquirre, finally thinks of the perfect joke during a scene from Georgia Southern University Theatre & Performance Program's production of "The Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl.

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    The Theatre & Performance Program at Georgia Southern University presents Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House” to kick its the 2013–14 season. The production opens Sept. 25 on campus in the Center for Art & Theatre’s Black Box Theatre.
    The play is a whimsical romantic comedy centered on Matilde, a Brazilian cleaning woman who would rather be a comedian. Her employer, Lane, is a doctor who wants a spotless house, and Lane’s sister, Virginia, cleans the house on the sly to satisfy her need “to be useful.” Things heat up when Lane’s husband, a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer, falls in love with a patient and leaves to pursue a cure.
    Two design students join the student-cast of “The Clean House”: senior Julianne Norkusis as costume designer and junior Loren Haynes as lighting designer. Others include Laura Henry, Sally Henry, Karen Aguirre, Brandon Muggy and Victoria Crawley, with Lisa L. Abbott as director, Sean M. DeVine as scenic designer and Kelly Berry as sound designer.
    The Theatre & Performance Program is teaming up with Georgia Southern’s Colleges Against Cancer to promote breast cancer awareness during the production. Paper apples will be sold and displayed in the Center for Art & Theatre as a part of the “Take a Bite Out of Breast Cancer” campaign. The apples cost $1 each and can be purchased at the theater during the show or at the Center for Art & Theatre box office.
    “The Clean House” opens Wednesday, Sept. 25, and runs through Wednesday, Oct. 2. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. All seating is general admission, so audience members are encouraged to arrive no later than 15 minutes before showtime for the best seats. The balcony will serve as overflow seating. 
    Tickets are $5 for youth and students and $10 for faculty, staff and community members. To make reservations, call the box office at (912) 478-5379. Tickets will be available for purchase at the box office from 3–5 p.m. prior to performances and at 6 p.m. on performance days.

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