Burien Little Theatre will be presenting Sarah Ruhl’s offbeat romantic comedy “The Clean House” beginning Friday, Feb. 11th and continuing through March 6th.
The production will be held at the Theater at the Burien Community Center Annex, located at 425 SW 144th Street; phone: (206) 242-5180.
Tickets are $15-$20 online, and $17-$20 at the box office, with all tickets just $7 on Seven Buck Sunday, Feb. 13.
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The New York Times called it:
“A deeply romantic comedy…visionary, tinged with fantasy, extravagant in feeling…maybe a little nuts.”
In Ruhl’s play, Lane, a doctor who is too busy to clean her own house, hires Matilde, a feisty maid from Brazil who just happens to hate to clean and spends her time trying to make up the perfect joke. To cover for the maid, the doctor’s neat-freak sister, Virginia, secretly takes over the housecleaning–and finds “foreign” underwear in the laundry. As Lane’s marriage to her doctor husband, Charles, unravels, true love emerges and the perfect joke is found.
This clever play, laced with magic, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for women who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theater. Ruhl’s play is also ethnically diverse: Two of the five characters in this ensemble work are Latino.
The Clean House contains some adult language and sexuality. The show is suitable for ages 13 and older.
During the run of The Clean House, Burien Little Theatre is sponsoring Seattle Latino theater eSe Teatro’s bilingual (Spanish/English) of Passport, Gustavo Ott’s absurdist play, full of politics and humor.
The Clean House will be performed at Burien Little Theatre from Feb. 11 through March 6 (opening night is Feb. 11). Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20 online and $17-$20 at the box office, with all tickets just $7 on Seven Buck Sunday, Feb. 13.
New: Parents can leave their children to be entertained for the evening at Jungle Gym in Burien on Parents’ Night Out Feb. 18 for just $25 per child. Contact Jungle Gym at 206-248-3547.
A performance schedule including dates, times and ticket prices is available at www.burienlittletheatre.org or call the ticket office at 206-242-5180.
Sarah Ruhl is one of America’s hottest young playwrights. She gained worldwide recognition for The Clean House, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005. Her play, Eurydice, was produced at New York’s Second Stage Theatre, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Georgetown University and Circle X Theatre. Passion Play opened Washington’s Arena Stage in 2005 and was subsequently produced at the Goodman Theatre and Yale Rep. It will make its New York premiere in 2010. Dead Man’s Cell Phone premiered at Washington D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in 2007 and had its New York premiere at Playwright’s Horizons in 2008, starring Mary Louise Parker. In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) premiered at Berkeley Rep earlier this year and is scheduled to open on Broadway on Oct. 22. Ms. Ruhl’s other plays include Orlando, Late: A Cowboy Song and Demeter in the City. She is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.
Under the direction of Maggie Larrick, the show features the diverse acting talents of Stela Diaz (Ana), Brynne Garman (Virginia), Geni Hawkins (Lane), Russ Kay (Charles) and Luciana McCadden (Matilde).
BONUS: STAGED BILINGUAL READING OF “PASSPORT”
Burien Little Theatre is sponsoring Seattle Latino theater eSe Teatro’s bilingual (Spanish/English) staged reading of Passport, an absurdist play about immigration, full of politics and humor. Audiences do not have to be fluent in both languages to understand. Passport is written by Gustavo Ott and translated by Heather L. McKay. The staged reading will be Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m.
In Passport, Eugene wakes up from his nap during his train journey, and finds himself in a country where they speak a language he cannot understand. An initial attempt to ask for directions becomes days of torture and imprisonment and, ultimately, Eugene’s desperate journey to comprehend beyond language and cultural barriers. This play is bound to provoke your brain. “Passport” is directed by Arlene Martinez-Vickers and features the acting talents of Erwin Galan (Eugene), Gerald Alejandro Ford (Soldier) and Michael Blum (Officer), plus he musical talent of Meg Savlov. Suitable for ages 13 and older.
Admission is $5 and includes a post-reading panel on immigration hosted by Latinos for Community Transformation.
eSe Teatro is a collective of professionally trained and highly experienced Latino theater professionals based in Seattle. eSe’s mission is to empower Latino theater artists to create, promote, present, produce and generate bilingual, Spanish and Spanglish-speaking theater. Within eSe’s first year, the company received funding from 4Culture to present a series of four staged readings in different neighborhoods in Seattle. eSe partnered with Rainier Valley Cultural Center and Consejo Counseling to present their first reading: Volver, Volver, Volver, by Leonard Madrid, in November 2010. Passport is the second in this series. Stay tuned for future projects at HYPERLINK “http://eseteatro.wordpress.com/”http://eseteatro.wordpress.com/!
ABOUT BURIEN LITTLE THEATRE
Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Little Theatre (BLT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.
Burien Little Theatre is committed to being an entertainment leader by producing intriguing professional shows. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.
BLT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.
SCHEDULE FOR “THE CLEAN HOUSE”:
- Feb. 11 at 8:00 p.m. – Friday – OPENING NIGHT! (Fire up the vacuum!)
- Feb. 12 at 8:00 p.m. – Saturday
- Feb. 13 at 2:00 p.m. – Sunday – SEVEN DOLLAR SUNDAY
- Feb. 18 at 8:00 p.m. – Friday
- Feb. 19 at 8:00 p.m. – Saturday
- Feb. 20 at 2:00 p.m. – Sunday
- Feb. 25 at 8:00 p.m. – Friday
- Feb. 26 at 8:00 p.m. – Saturday
- Feb. 27 at 2:00 p.m. – Sunday
- March 4 at 8:00 p.m. – Friday
- March 5 at 8:00 p.m. – Saturday
- March 6 at 8:00 p.m. – Sunday (Finish folding the laundry!)
The Theater at the Burien Community Center Annex, at 425 SW 144th Street, Burien, WA 98166-1545; phone: (206) 242-5180.
The Annex to the Burien Community Center is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Fourth Avenue Southwest and Southwest 146th Street in Burien, with the parking lot entrance on Fourth.
(Directions available under “Find Us” at HYPERLINK “http://www.burienlittletheatre.org” www.burienlittletheatre.org).
TICKET PRICES AND PACKAGES
Online Ticket Prices: Purchase online and save!
- First Weekend: $18.00 $15.00
- Middle Weekends: $19.00 $16.00
- Last Weekend: $20.00 $17.00
Tickets at the Box Office:
- General Senior/Student All Shows: $20.00 $17.00
SEVEN DOLLAR SUNDAY:
- All tickets to the first Sunday Matinee, Nov. 28 are just $7.00!
Dinner and a Show Package: This package includes a two-course meal at Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $35 per person. Contact the Mark at 206-241-6275.
To Purchase Tickets: Show tickets may be purchased online at www.burienlittletheatre.org or call 206-242-5180. Fabulous Four-Packs (4 admissions for just $60 general admissions or $51 senior/student admission) are still available for the 2010-11 Season.