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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  • John Bavoso:
    26 Jun. 2022
    I’m happy to add onto the heap of praise this play has received! Craig-Galván has taken the living room drama and shaken it up expertly. The interplay between the two couples is delicious enough, even before you get to the brilliant ending—one that’s done so deftly that it feels almost inevitable, rather than gimmicky. This script was an absolute joy to read, and I desperately hope I get to see it up on its feet one day!
  • Stephanie Alison Walker:
    14 Jun. 2022
    Everyone has said it. It's brilliant. It's so funny, authentically nuanced, courageous, enticing and ultimately gut punching. Inda uses everything at her disposal- her deeply drawn character work, her gift for dialogue, her mastery of metaphor and visual language to create this complex and powerful piece that is highly entertaining and says so much.
  • Paul Donnelly:
    10 Jun. 2022
    A brisk and funny and ultimately chilling comedy about class-based prejudice and suburban bigotry. The metaphor that emerges perfectly captures the way in which both couples are trapped by the roles they have chosen and the roles that were thrust upon them.

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
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    2019
  • Reading
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    Miranda Theatre Company
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
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    Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival
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    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