The Clean House

By Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Betty Diamond

Matilde, the Brazilian housekeeper of a married pair of doctors, hates housework. Coming from a family of joke tellers, whose mother died laughing at a joke told by her father, she feels it is her mission to create the funniest joke in the world. The lady of the house, Lane, has a sister who loves housecleaning, so her sister happily takes over the cleaning while Matilde works on creating the perfect joke. Trouble comes when Lane’s husband reveals that he has found his soul mate in a cancer patient he has treated. This wildly funny play is a whimsical and poignant look at class, comedy, and the true nature of love.

Produced by Madison Theatre Guild at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St. , Madison

Performances: November 6-21, 2015

Performance Times:
Friday, Nov. 6 - 7:30
Saturday, Nov. 7 - 7:30
Thursday, Nov. 12 - 7:30
Friday, Nov. 13 - 7:30
Saturday, Nov. 14 - 7:30
Sunday, Nov. 15 - 2:00
Thursday, Nov. 19 - 7:30
Friday, Nov. 20 - 7:30
Saturday, Nov. 21 - 2:00

Ticket Prices: $20.00

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Character breakdown:
• LANE: female, 40s-60s. A doctor.
• MATILDE: female, 20s-30s. A Brazilian housekeeper. She tells jokes in Portuguese.
• VIRGINIA: female, 40s-60s. Lane’s sister. She loves cleaning.
• CHARLES: male, 40s-60s. A doctor. Lane’s husband. The actor who plays Charles doubles as Matilde’s father.
• ANA: female; 60s; charismatic Argentinian cancer patient who has some lines in Spanish. The actor who plays Ana doubles as Matilde’s mother.

Please note: for actors auditioning for Matilde and Ana, the ability to speak Portuguese and/or Spanish will be a plus, but not an absolute requirement.

Rehearsals will start the week of Sept. 27. In general, rehearsals will be four nights a week, to be determined by cast availability.

Auditions: Monday & Tuesday, August 17 & 18. Auditions each night will begin at 7pm at the Bartell Theatre, 113 East Mifflin Street, Madison, Wisconsin.

What to prepare: Please come prepared to tell a joke; you will also be asked to do cold readings from the script.

Bring your calendar to the auditions so you can note any conflicts on the rehearsal schedule at that time.

Please also bring a completed audition form, found on MTG's website:

Casting Decisions: Casting decisions will be made as soon as possible. Please be patient. We will contact everyone by phone or e-mail. In addition, the cast list will be posted on the Madison Theatre Guild website shortly after people are notified.

Please contact the director with any questions. or 608-257-5548.