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Footlighters welcomes Women’s Theater Workshop’s The Clean House

Redlands Footlighters and the Women’s Theater Workshop of Riverside come together this weekend to present The Clean House, a whimsical and romantic comedy.

The Clean House captures the bittersweet journey of growth and change that is often found in the lives of middle aged women.

Lane, a well-loved doctor, can’t understand why her Brazilian maid, Matilde, would rather think up jokes than clean house. She’s even more baffled by the realization that her neat freak sister is doing Matilde’s work.

This innovative play by Sarah Ruhl was the 2004 winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, awarded to the best English-language play written by a woman, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

The Women’s Theater Workshop strives provide women with opportunities for education, playwriting, directing, and performance. All of their productions go to support a program that assists women. For The Clean House, the Women’s Theater Workshop will be donating a portion of the proceeds the Southern California Hospice Foundation (, whose goal it is to provide respectful and compassionate care for families and patients who are confronting the final stages of life.

“Working with the Women’s Theater Workshop seemed like a natural fit for Footlighters,” explained Vicki Janis, president of Footlighters.

Footlighters was founded by four women in 1945 and currently works with the Zonta Club of Redlands to sell season tickets. In return for selling Footlighters season tickets and ushering, the Redlands club receives a percentage of season ticket sales, which helps support such local projects as scholarships for women, Family Service Association’s getting-job-ready program, Youth Hope education, American Association of University Women’s math-science conference for eighth-grade girls, A.K. Smiley Public Library, YMCA camperships and Meals on Wheels.

Performances for this limited run begin Thursday and run October 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Redlands’ Footlighters Theatre. Tickets are $10 and reservations are not required. Redlands Footlighters is located at 1810 Barton Road.