Posted on September 12, 2016
The title of the play itself is enough to get your attention: Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User’s Guide.
But then when you realize that Wheaton College Associate Professor of Theater Stephanie Daniels stars in it and that Professor of English Charlotte Meehan wrote it, well, you know it must be crazy good fun.
And then there is this:
Boston Globe writer Don Aucoin lists the play as one of his picks for the upcoming theater season in the Fall Arts Preview and includes a nice shout out of praise for Daniels, who is described as “so memorably fearless in Sleeping Weazel’s production of Kenneth Prestininzi’s Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth.
Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User’s Guide, directed by Robbie McCauley, is being presented by Meehan’s Boston-based multimedia theater company Sleeping Weazel September 15 to 17, and September 22 to 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the Plaza Black Box Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts.
The play is Meehan’s response to the current U.S. election cycle. In an interview with Edge Media Network, the playwright discusses the inspiration behind the play and how it relates to her life on a personal level.
“As with all my plays, the plot is a loosely assembled puzzle of surprise, tangentiality, quickly alternating moments of hilarity and anguish and, in this play, extreme displays of rapture and flashes of the sublime,” she told interviewer Killian Melloy.
This is not the first time dynamic duo Daniels and Meehan have worked together. Their collaborations date back to 2005 when Daniels directed a mainstage production of Meehan's SpellSong, which Daniels directed. That began a decade of continued work together with projects ranging from Looking for George, a multimedia plea to then President George W. Bush to end the war in Iraq, to 27 Tips for Banishing the Blues.