Whittier Trust presents a staged reading of The Clean House on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm Pacific Time. 

The Clean House is whimsical, touching, and hilarious. The staged reading takes place in what author, Sarah Ruhl describes as “metaphysical Connecticut,” in the home of a married couple who are both doctors. They have hired a Brazilian housekeeper named Matilde, an aspiring comedian who’s more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than in house-cleaning. Lane, the lady of the house, has a peculiar sister named Virginia who greatly loves house-cleaning. She and Matilde quickly become close friends, and Virginia takes over the cleaning while Matilde works on her jokes. Trouble arises when Charles, Lane’s husband reveals his love for his cancer patient named Anna. Ruhl’s enchanting play reminds us that there is laughter to be found in life’s messes.

Five actors have been assembled to perform this enchanting play including: Liana Arauz (Good Sex, Good Day, Better Half, Stealth) as Matilde; Elizabeth Swain (Charley’s Aunt, Sherlock Holmes, Macbeth) as Ana; Valerie Stanford (Boeing, The Full Monty, Wonder of the World) as Lane; Christopher Shaw (Fugue, Annabelle, Blackbird) as Charles; and Debra Cardona (Cat Call, Rent: Live, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Virginia.

Returning to CVRep’s virtual stage to direct this virtual performance is Joanne Gordon, who has directed various plays at CVRep. She is an award-winning director whose accolades include five Drama-League Awards, a LA Critics Choice Award, and more. Production credits include: The City of Conversation (CVRep), Evita (The Western Stage), How I Learned to Drive (CVRep), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (CVRep), and more.


To continue CVRep’s mission of providing educational, entertaining and thought-provoking presentations, CVRep is offering Theatre Thursdays, a weekly, virtual entertaining and learning opportunity. All presentations are offered via Zoom to observe social distancing guidelines.

Coachella Valley Repertory (CVRep) is an equity theater company, designated a Small Professional Theatre under the Actors’ Equity Association. CVRep is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide thought provoking theatre of substance.