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Lenoir-Rhyne University Playmakers to Perform Acclaimed Play

Mon Sep 17 2012

HICKORY, N.C. — The Lenoir-Rhyne University Playmakers will present The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl October 3 – October 7 in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus.

The Clean House explores the challenge of finding joy in the face of death. Set in an “imaginary Connecticut,” this romantic but visionary comedy tells the story of a Brazilian cleaning lady who hates to clean and spends her time creating the perfect joke, and a married doctor who treats cancer and his falls in love with one of his dying patients.

The cast of this production includes Rachael Welty, senior English education major from Asheville, NC; Amanda Cotto, junior political science major from Ft. Myers, FL; Brittany King, freshman theatre major from High Point, NC; Cody Watson, senior theatre major from Morganton, NC; and SheQuita Ross, junior biology major from Lawndale, NC.

The show will run Wednesday, October 3 – Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 7 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, children and non-LR students, and free for L-R students with ID. For additional information and to make reservations, call 828-328-PLAY or go to Tickets will also be available at the door.

Ruhl received the Susan Smith Blackburn Award in 2004 for The Clean House, and in 2005 was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the play. A native of Wilmette, IL, Ruhl received her BA in English and her MFA in Playwriting from Brown University, where she studied under playwright Paula Vogel. Her other works include Passion Play, a cycle, for which she received the Pen American Award and Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center; Dead Man’s Cell Phone, for which she received the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play; Demeter in the City, for which she received nine NAACP Image Award nominations; Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando; and Late: A Cowboy Song. Her plays have been produced internationally and translated into Russian, Polish, Spanish, German, Norwegian, Korean, and Arabic.



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