The clean house

by Sarah Ruhl

A powerful, dramatic and magical romantic comedy
September 19th – October 6th 2019
Performing at Krudttønden, in English

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“…as an ensemble, the acting by the cast rises superbly to reach new heights”
“…the funniest play I’ve ever seen in Copenhagen”
“Touching play resonates with us all…
Ensembles don’t come along like this very often…Masterclass in direction…”

“…hilarious and dramatic all rolled up into one sensational play with professional and humorous actors! What a win to find theatre in English – great for our Internationals…. not to be missed and a definite thumbs up from The International!”
(The International Denmark Magazine)

“HIT does it again! English theatre in the heart of Copenhagen. Brilliant performance of Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House”.
(Your Danish Life Magazine)

(All photos by Filip Orestes)


Would anybody like to hear a joke?”

Brazilian comedienne Matilde, a sassy young Latina newly arrived in the U.S. finds unsurprisingly no one will pay to hear her rural jokes in Portuguese. Instead she must clean for the upper classes – specifically the unhappily-married, careerwoman Doctor Lane  – and also cope with the arrival of Lane’s fetish cleaner-sister, Virginia.

While Matilde tries to think up the world’s best joke – in Portuguese! –  instead of cleaning, she waits for better things to come , hopes to meet a soulmate, and ponders – what makes ultimately a good deathbed scene?

Meanwhile Matilde’s new employer’s household crumbles hilariously around them, with the arrival of the husband’s mistress. Charles is another highly successful surgeon and his mistress Ana,  Lane’s mysterious Argentinian rival,  is  interestingly, her husband’s patient.

Apples fall, hearts are broken. Matilde finds cleaning makes her sad, but it is nothing compared to the sadness of finding your soulmate and then letting them go, in a world where we are all apparently,  outsiders looking in.

Funny, tender and emotionally rich, this is a hugely entertaining 2005 Pulitzer finalist play about the chaos of marriage, life and falling in love. With magical realism and romantic cliché, it ultimately finds humour even in sorrow.

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Cast: Jens Blegaa, Isabel Escudero Zorde, Vanessa Poole, Jana Pulkrabek, Tina Robinson
Director:  Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen
Set Design: Jonathon Perry
Light design: Paul Damade
Sound design: Karl Heding
Stage management: Lakeisha Salto
Director’s assistant: Marie-Lousie Sydendal Grand
Written by: Sarah Ruhl
Produced by Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre & Manusarts

The Clean House is a HIT production, a collaboration between Down the Rabbit Hole and Manusarts.
(Photo credit: Filip Misiak Orestes)

Thanks for support for this production go to Københavns Kommune and Konsul Jorcks Fond.

With a highly experienced cast,  HIT ensemble regulars and the fresh face of Isabel Escudero Zorde as Matilde.

This Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist play from 2004 written in English comes highly recommended, not only for theatre-lovers of all kinds but also for lovers and speakers of Portuguese.

About the playwright:
Yale-based playwright Sarah Ruhl is a new, highly respected and very important award-winning contemporary American playwright ,
professor, and essayist, whose writing has taken the American theatre world by storm, especially with this  much-loved play.

Her other huge dramatic hits are the plays  Eurydice (2003) and In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) (2009). Sarah Ruhl has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a distinguished American playwright in mid-career.
Two of her plays have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and she received a nomination for Tony Award for Best Play. In 2015, she published a collection of essays, 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write.
Her most recent play, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday (2017), premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. She currently serves on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama. In 2018 Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship, co-authored by Max Ritvo, was published by Milkweed Editions.

The Clean House  was Sarah Ruhl’s breakthrough piece and has been produced throughout Britain and North America but never in English in Scandinavia.
Don’t miss this rare, beautiful and tender piece of comedic drama about loving,  living and dying.

Performing at:
Serridslevvej 2, 2100
København Ø

Performances are
September 19th – October 6th.
Tuesday – Saturday at 20:00
Sunday at 17:00
(Mondays no show)

“The Clean House” by Sarah Ruhl is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

The performance lasts about 2 hours including an interval.


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