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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  • Conor McShane:
    21 Jun. 2020
    Deliciously tense and blackly funny, Craig-Galván ratchets up the tension until the ending's masterful theatrical rug-pull. A sharp satire that puts the lie to the image of suburbia, and the internalized racism that comes with the pursuit of the status quo.
  • Doug DeVita:
    18 Jun. 2020
    Read this. Savor every incredible word. After you've read it, think about it, and then read it again. And if you're in a position to produce this, PRODUCE IT. I can't say anything else because anything else I could say would just be gilding refined gold.
  • Jordan Ramirez Puckett:
    16 Jun. 2020
    Not only is the imagery in this play is absolutely breath taking, but it is populated with characters who feel real, they are like-able yet flawed. This is a purely theatrical play that demands to be seen on stage. I can't believe that it is currently un-produced. I sincerely hope that a theatre near me decides to produce it, because I would truly love to see these words come to life on stage.

Development History

  • Reading
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    The Old Globe - Powers New Voices Festival
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
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    Ojai Playwrights Conference
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Miranda Theatre Company
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
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    Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Capital Stage Playwrights' Revolution
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
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    Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab for New Works
    ,
    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