how to clean your room (and remember all your trauma)

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Performance livestream links

Content Warning

  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Death
  • Discussion of Familial Abuse
  • Depictions of Anxiety and Depression
  • Harsh Language

a play by j. chavez

Spencer begins to clean their room and reflect on their relationships with the people around them. Who can and can't we control in our lives, does caring mean anything beyond words, and does infatuation go both ways? A play in two cycles with anxiety, depression, and puppets.

Kennedy Center 2020 Undergraduate National Award winner how to clean your room (and remember all your trauma), written by Theatre alum j.chavez, will be our first fall production. The live streamed show, directed by Evan Mueller, is scheduled to be performed in the DUG Theatre, with a fully realized design, including costumes, scenery and lighting created through a collaboration of faculty and students.

A highly creative approach to a memory play; chavez's piece is an excellent experimental work that uses puppets, poetry, and a very messy allegory of a room to explore the relationship of a non-binary individual with the people they care deeply about, as well as coming to terms with themselves.

Jessi Pitts

how to clean your room is incredibly raw and truthful. chavez does a wonderful job of showing mental illness in a way I haven't seen in a play in a very long time. A fantastic piece of art.

Robert J. Pugh


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