Welcome to Matteson!

FULL-LENGTH: A suburban couple hosts a welcome-to-the-neighborhood dinner party for their new neighbors — a couple recently (forcibly) relocated from Chicago's roughest housing project — and it's anything but welcoming. A dark intra-racial comedy about reverse gentrification and how we deal with the "other" when the other looks just like us.
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Welcome to Matteson!

Recommended by

  • Ellen Koivisto:
    14 Dec. 2018
    We pretend class is unimportant in the U.S. (go ahead, pull yourself up by your own bootstraps), but class prejudices are real and intersect with racism in devious, destructive ways. So welcome to Matteson from Cabrini Green, welcome to a dinner party as awful and memorable as Martha and George's, to an evening of mostly awful food and uncomfortable truths, and a couple self-destructing before our eyes, all played out with cork floors and 35-year old single malt Scotch hidden in the closet, and prejudices and attempts at connecting clashing hideously. Highly recommended.
  • Kitchen Dog Theater:
    25 Apr. 2018
    OFFICIAL SELECTION for the KITCHEN DOG THEATER 2018 NEW WORKS FESTIVAL
    This play was chosen from over 800 submitted scripts and received a staged reading as part of our annual festival.
  • Elaine Romero:
    17 Apr. 2018
    Deftly written. I will be musing over these characters, their assumptions, their plights, and their fates for some time.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Miranda Theatre Company
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    2018
  • Reading
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    Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Capital Stage Playwrights' Revolution
    ,
    2018
  • Residency
    ,
    Eugene O'Neill National Directors Fellows Winter Session
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    2018
  • Workshop
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    Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab for New Works
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    2016

Awards

Winner
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Blue Ink Playwriting Award
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American Blues Theater
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2018