Alice da Cunha is making her Remy Bumppo debut as Matilde in The Clean House. In a five question interview, she shared her thoughts on humor's role in Brazilian culture, the differences between Brazilian humor and American humor, and why she thinks humor is so important to Matilde.
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Grant Sabin shares his inspiration (and images!) for the clean and versatile set design of The Clean House.
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In The Clean House, successful doctor Lane hires novice comedian Matilde as her live-in maid. When things don't go exactly as planned, we become aware of the accepted and the absurd in the age old relationship between the employer and the help. But just how old is that relationship? How has it changed, and how has it stayed the same?
“By 1870, one in five Chicago household employed domestic servants, accounting for 60% of the city’s wage-earning women.” Take a brief glimpse into the history of domestic servants in the city of Chicago.
Downton Abbey is one of today’s most popular television shows, but does it accurately portray the day-to-day lives of domestic servants and their relationships with their masters in the early 20th century?
The Glessners were a prominent family who resided in Chicago in the late 19th century who employed over 100 different people in their home over three decades, but why was the turn-over rate so high?
Ann Filmer, the founder and Artistic Director of 16th Street Theater, is making her directorial debut at Remy Bumppo! She recently joined us for a five question interview sharing her insights on the playwright, the play, and the upcoming production.
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Sarah Ruhl originally intended to be a poet, but discovered her passion for playwriting while studying under Paula Vogel at Brown University where she wrote her first play, Dog Play. Although she switched her education focus to playwriting, evidence of her poetry roots can be found in the way she uses language and symbolism in her plays.
Sarah Ruhl sets The Clean House in "a metaphysical Connecticut" where apples thrown into the sea from a balcony land in someone else's living room, snow falls inside, and characters who exist in another character's imagination can be seen by the others onstage. While Ruhl's style has all too often been nonchalantly labeled whimsical and quirky, The Clean House, in fact, is a prime example of Magical Realism. But what defines Magical Realism?
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