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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  • 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.
  • Hallie Palladino:
    13 Aug. 2019
    A flawless take on the dinner party play. Uproariously funny dialogue this play is a send up of bourgeois posturing and weaponized manners. It grapples with class bias within the black community atop the powder keg of economic anxieties produced by a century of systemic housing discrimination, CHA’s shuttering of Cabrini and the subsequent displacement of families. Regina and Corey, an enviably in sync couple delightfully school their materialistic hosts on communication, love, graciousness and the true meaning of making a home. Also some magic.
  • A. Emmanuel Leadon:
    11 Mar. 2019
    Provokes a conversation that so many of us prefer to avoid. Replete with deliciously awkward moments. The climax is incredibly effective without verging on gaudiness. If you feel like doing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, consider this piece instead.

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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    Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
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    Capital Stage Playwrights' Revolution
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    2018
  • Reading
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    Miranda Theatre Company
    ,
    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