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!

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    14 Feb. 2020
    This piece is pointed, insightful, funny, truthful, and all around brilliant! Inda Craig-Galvan consistently shows herself to be a master of managing multiple tonal and style qualities in her always theatrical and incisive plays. She powerfully explores gentrification, racism, and local politics in a more effective and unique way than I've seen in other narratives by centering the story on black characters and zeroing in on the ways white hegemonic structures and institutionalized racism turn folk against one another. The theatrical "trick" that ends the piece is, rather than a gimmick, a powerful and potent visual metaphor.
  • Chelsea Frandsen:
    11 Feb. 2020
    Reminiscent of the Comedy of Manners, hilarious dialogue and well rounded beautifully juxtaposed characters, this play is a must-read, a must-see, and a must-produce! Sharp, witty, and delightfully *awkward*, there are moments we can all identify with no matter who we are, because these are situations we've all been in. Highly recommended. Well done, Inda Craig-Galván!
  • Justin Guidroz:
    22 Dec. 2019
    A wittily written and deconstructive piece of theatre that explores race and class with extreme depth. The characters are well defined and motivated, and the script is paced very well. A play I'd love to watch.

Development History

  • Reading
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    The Old Globe - Powers New Voices Festival
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    2019
  • Workshop
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    Ojai Playwrights Conference
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
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    Miranda Theatre Company
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
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    Capital Stage Playwrights' Revolution
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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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Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award
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Primary Stages
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2019
Winner
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Blue Ink Playwriting Award
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American Blues Theater
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2018