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Cameron University’s season of plays to celebrate women’s roles

The 2019-20 season of Cameron University’s Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts is officially the year of the woman. The eclectic season is set to feature four shows, all with strong female leads, in what the department is calling “A Celebration of Women’s Roles.”

The four shows on the schedule this season are the contemporary romantic comedy “The Clean House,” the Tony Award-winning drama “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” the classic Shakespearean comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” and the family-friendly musical “Freaky Friday.”

The first of the four performances is slated to begin production Thursday and run through Oct. 6.

‘The Clean House’

“The Clean House” is a romantic comedy about love, loss and redemption. According to Dr. Deidre Onishi, the show’s director, the play centers around a young maid from Brail who hates to clean but loves to tell jokes. When she is hired by a serious, unfunny doctor to keep her house clean, whimsy ensues.

“The show has a little bit of everything. I’ve been talking about it as if it were a vaudeville script,” Onishi said. “The scenes themselves are only about a page long, with very quick transitions.”

Contemporary American playwright Sarah Ruhl authored the play. The majority of her popular work, such as “Clean House,” was published in the last 15 years.

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