By Selina Fillinger

Directed by Lauren Shouse

A Midwest Premiere

A co-production with Sideshow Theatre at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater

Charlotte has been a mother for nineteen years, a wife for three decades and a respectable community member her entire life. But when her son is incarcerated for sexual assault, Charlotte is forced to reckon with a brand new identity, both public and private. Desperate to find a way back to who she was, she seeks out work at a sexual assault crisis center and meets Joey, a volunteer coordinator and a survivor of assault himself, who allows her a glimpse of who she might be able to become. Can she find a new understanding of who she is? Or has someone else’s crime defined her forever?

Inspired by today’s headlines, Selina Fillinger’s breathtaking new drama follows one woman’s struggle to make sense of her own grief, intimacy, culpability and consent. Fillinger is an actor and writer as well as a graduate of Northwestern University. Other work Faceless (Northlight Theatre world premiere, Joseph Jeff Award-nominated, regional productions at Zeitgeist Theatre, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, and Park Theatre in London) and The Armor Plays: Cinched/Strapped.

Something Clean was commissioned and developed by Sideshow Theatre Company and will open at Sideshow following its upcoming world premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City, in spring 2019. The production reunites Rivendell with director Lauren Shouse, fresh off directing Rivendell’s critically acclaimed production The Cake, for which she received an Equity Wing Jeff nomination for “Best Director” in addition to the production being honored with a Jeff nomination for “Best Production”.


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Selina Fillinger (Playwright) is an Oregon-bred, Chicago-launched, and now LA-based actor and playwright.
As an actor, Selina is experienced with classical theatre as well as new work. She has collaborated on world premieres and originated roles in a variety of staged readings and playwriting festivals. As a writer, Selina is committed to telling stories with female heroes and antiheroes–great women braving great storms. Her plays include FACELESS (Northlight Theatre premiere, Joseph Jeff Award-nominated, Zeitgeist Theatre, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, and Park Theatre in London) and THE ARMOR PLAYS: CINCHED/STRAPPED (Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative, Alley All New Festival, Theatre Three). Her plays have been developed at the Roundabout Theatre, Alley Theatre, St. Louis Repertory, and Northlight Theatre. She’s currently commissioned at South Coast Repertory Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. This year she was a Hawthornden Fellow and a resident at the Sallie B. Goodman Artist’s Retreat at McCarter Theatre. Her play SOMETHING CLEAN was commissioned for Sideshow Theatre’s Freshness Initiative where it will be produced in 2019 following its world premiere production at the Roundabout Underground in Spring 2019. Selina is a Northwestern graduate (’16) where she studied playwriting under Laura Schellhardt. 


Lauren Shouse (Director) is a director, dramaturg and teacher. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre. Her recent directing credits include:  The Cake at Rivendell Theatre (nominated for Joseph Jefferson Award for best director), The Legend of Georgia McBride at Northlight Theatre, Nice Girl and Betrayal at Raven Theatre; Avenue Q; Rapture, Blister, BurnSuperior Donuts, and A Christmas Story at Nashville Repertory Theatre, the world premiere of Long Way Down with 3Ps productions (nominated for American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award 2011); the world premiere of Religion and Rubber Ducks with Ovvio Arte; Parallel Lives, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Last Five Years and Chess in Concert with Street Theatre Company; the world premiere of Rear Widow at Chaffin’s Barn Theatre, and Sylvia Plath’s 3 Women. As Artistic Associate at Nashville Rep, Lauren directed the Ingram New Works Play Lab and Festival, which developed new works by John Patrick Shanley, David Auburn, Steven Dietz and Victoria Stewart. Lauren also co-founded Ten Minute Playhouse, a company that produces short plays by local playwrights. Before moving to Nashville, Lauren lived in London, UK and worked with Producer/Director Hugh Wooldridge. Her work abroad includes: Production Executive for The Night of 1000 Voices (celebrating John Kander and Fred Ebb and starring Joel Grey with Avenue Q) at The Royal Albert Hall; Production Executive of An Evening with Michael Parkinson at The Theatre Royal – Windsor, Children’s Director/Assistant to the Director of A Gift of Music, and Assistant Director of The Night of 1000 Voices at The Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland. Lauren holds an MA in Performance studies from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where she adapted and directed The Time Traveler’s Wife. She received her MFA in theatre directing at Northwestern University where she directed Stop KissEurydice and  In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play.  In Chicago, Lauren has also worked with Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, The Gift Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, and Stage Left Theatre. 

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