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Theatre Company to Perform Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House

Bethlehem, Pa., April 6, 2010—The Moravian College Theatre Company will perform Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House starting Thursday, April 8, at 8 p.m., followed by performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Arena Theater.

Ruhl's warm-hearted comedy revolves around Lane, a doctor who can't stand to clean her own house. Unfortunately for the busy doctor, her Brazilian cleaning lady Matilde doesn’t like to clean either. In an effort to make her already tidy, logical life entirely spotless, Lane sends the depressed Matilde to a psychiatrist. Lane's sister Virginia, an unhappy woman obsessed with cleanliness and orderliness, wants to secretly take over the cleaning lady's job. Matilde, who dreams of being a comedienne, agrees. As she watches Virginia efficiently scrub and sweep every inch of Lane's home, she uses her free time to craft a joke so funny that it will literally cause you to laugh yourself to death. Eventually, Lane discovers the women's deception. Even more upsetting is the revelation that her husband Charles has left her for an older, life-embracing woman named Ana.

Sarah Ruhl is among the most acclaimed and accomplished young playwrights on the contemporary scene. A winner of a MacArthur "genius" grant, she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005 for the comedy "The Clean House." Some of Ruhl’s other plays include "Eurydice," “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” and most recently “In the Next Room.”. Ms. Ruhl's signature style blends a vibrant emotionalism with quirky comedy in theatrically adventurous ways.

Tickets for this production are $3 for Moravian students, $5 for Moravian faculty and staff, $12 for seniors and other students, and $15 for general admission.  Reserve tickets now by calling 610-861-1489 or by emailing cshorr@moravian.edu. They can also be bought at the Box Office 30 minutes before the curtain (if available).  The Arena Theater is located on the lower level of the Haupert Union Building. For more information, visit: http://home.moravian.edu/public/eng/theatre/index.htm.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.