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Windy City Times: Queer-inclusive original play 'The Cleanup' set to debut

By Carrie Maxwell

October 17, 2022

Playwright Hallie Palladino's The Cleanup focuses on four parents, one of whom is a gay father, as they interact behind the scenes of a DIY preschool co-op. The play, directed by Jen Poulin, will run Oct. 21-Nov. 19 at the Athenaeum Center for Thought & Culture, 2936 N. Southport Ave.

The Cleanup was commissioned and developed in Prop Thtr's 2021 Play Development Lab. It centers on the members of the toy cleaning committee at The Learning Co-Op played by Brandon Rivera (Ryan, the gay father), Lynnette Li (Julie), Chad Patterson (Logan) and Lucy Carapetyan (Nicole). The understudies are Tony DiPisa (Ryan), Christina Chang (Julie), Chris Lysy (Logan) and Norah Flaherty (Nicole).

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