By Selina Fillinger
Directed by Lauren Shouse
A Midwest Premiere
A co-production with Sideshow Theatre at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater
Charlotte has been a mother for nineteen years, a wife for three decades and a respectable community member her entire life. But when her son is incarcerated for sexual assault, Charlotte is forced to reckon with a brand new identity, both public and private. Desperate to find a way back to who she was, she seeks out work at a sexual assault crisis center and meets Joey, a volunteer coordinator and a survivor of assault himself, who allows her a glimpse of who she might be able to become. Can she find a new understanding of who she is? Or has someone else’s crime defined her forever?
Inspired by today’s headlines, Selina Fillinger’s breathtaking new drama follows one woman’s struggle to make sense of her own grief, intimacy, culpability and consent. Fillinger is an actor and writer as well as a graduate of Northwestern University. Other work Faceless (Northlight Theatre world premiere, Joseph Jeff Award-nominated, regional productions at Zeitgeist Theatre, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, and Park Theatre in London) and The Armor Plays: Cinched/Strapped.
Something Clean was commissioned and developed by Sideshow Theatre Company and opens at Sideshow following its upcoming world premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City, this spring. The production reunites Rivendell with director Lauren Shouse, fresh off directing Rivendell’s critically acclaimed production The Cake, for which she received an Equity Wing Jeff nomination for “Best Director” in addition to the production being honored with a Jeff nomination for “Best Production”.
Approximate run time: 90 minutes, without intermission
June 16 – July 21, 2019
Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens
2433 N Lincoln Avenue
Premiere Season Sponsors:
Melinda McMullen and Duncan Kime
The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency