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The Clean House ()

Produced by

Canadian Stage

Playwright: Sarah Ruhl
Director: Alisa Palmer


Bluma Appel Theatre


February 11th, 2008 – March 8th, 2008


Matilde, the funniest person in Brazil, loves to laugh and hates to clean. Unhappily working as a maid in a doctor’s house, she strives to come up with the perfect joke. This play about cleaning and mortality, uses the eccentric lives of the doctor’s family to examine obsession, love at first sight, and the idea that you could actually laugh so hard, you’d die.  (


Seana McKenna Lane
Fiona Reid Virginia
Joseph Ziegler Charles / A Man
Nicola Correia-Damude Matilde
Mary Ann McDonald Ana / Matilde's Mother

Creative Team

Sarah Ruhl Playwright
Alisa Palmer Director
Judith Bowden Set Designer
Judith Bowden Costume Designer
Kevin Lamotte Lighting Designer
John Gzowski Composition
John Gzowski Sound Designer
Rose Plotek Assistant Director


Nancy Dryden Stage Manager
Janet Gregor Assistant Stage Manager
Amy Wright Movement Consultant


Alistair Hepburn Director of Production
Chris Carlton Technical Director
Stephanie Ripley Assistant Technical Director
Mary Spyrakis Head of Properties
William Sovie Senior Props Builder
Shelley Heebner Props Builder
Lokki Ma Metcalf Props Intern
Barbara E. Singer Head of Wardrobe
Jennifer Snowsill Costume Buyer
Ina Kerklaan Cutter
Gulay Cokgezen First Hand
Kate Day Assistant Head of Wardrobe
Chris Root Head Electrician
Reg Taylor Head Carpenter
Douglas Parker Property Master
Aaron Hanna Sound Operator
Tim Flawn Assistant Electrician
Rob Rea Flyman