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Staller Opens Its Season with Award-Winning Play by Sarah Ruhl

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Staller Center opens its 2012-2013 season with The Asylum Theatre Company in The Clean House, Sarah Ruhl’s award-winning play. In this uncommon romance and unique comedy, theatergoers meet Matilde, a Brazilian maid who hates cleaning; her employer Lane, a driven American doctor; Lane’s surgeon husband Charles; and Lane’s unhappily idle sister, among others. Performers include Catherine Zambri as Matilde, Valeri Lantz-Gefroh as Lane, Laura Ross as Virginia, Deborah Mayo as Ana and Steven Lantz-Gefroh as Charles. The play is being directed as a company collaboration.

A funny, poetic and entertaining piece of writing, the play forces us to look at how far we are willing to go for the ones we love. It comes to Staller Center for eight performances in Theatre 2, a black box performance space.

Asylum Theatre Company was founded in 2001 by area university theater faculty.  The Asylum has produced a range of productions duirng the past decade including Taller, What Remains, Two Rooms and last year’s production of The Tempest, which was honored with inclusion into the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages Festival.

The Clean House premiered in 2004 at the Yale Repertory Theatre and won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, awarded annually to the best English-language play written by a woman. The Clean House was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2004.

Performances will be held Thursday, September 20, through Sunday, September 23, and Thursday, September 27, through Sunday, September 30 (Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm). Tickets are $28; please visit or call (631) 632-ARTS.

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