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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  • Ross Tedford Kendall:
    1 Dec. 2020
    A stunning play. The playwright presents a perspective that many may not have even considered, and yet exists in the framework of our society. The story is fair to all characters, and presents their points of view while making its larger statement. This play works on so many levels.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    20 Aug. 2020
    A powerful look into class, race and gentrification in Chicago that examines the heart of prejudice in American suburbia. Well done.
  • 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.

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
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    Miranda Theatre Company
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    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