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Comedy Drama

Maytag Virgin

by Audrey Cefaly

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A white piece of fabric hanging on a clothesline against a bright blue sky

Two new neighbors put their hearts (and laundry) on the line.

Good fences make good neighbors, right? But what about clotheslines? When the unflappable Jack Key moves in next door to the endearingly neurotic Lizzy Nash, sparks fly. Over time, neighborly nagging softens, and a deeper connection emerges between the two high school teachers. As the leaves turn yellow and the months march on, kept secrets shake loose, and the pair finds themselves facing the same question: How do you know when you’re ready to live, and love, again? This poignant regional premiere dramedy tells a witty, romantic, and honest story of connection.

Run time: ~ 2 hr with one intermission

Content warning: This production contains mature language and content, including descriptions of sexual situations, loss, and alcohol use.

You'll love this show if you love:

  • Witty and heartfelt rom-coms about second chances
  • Clever dialogue full of Southern charm and heart
  • Genuine connections and complex characters struggling to reach out
  • Laughter, hope, and warm fuzzy feelings
  • Big romantic gestures and moments
  • Love letters and homemade pie!

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  • Fortune by Deborah Zoe Laufer
  • Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanely
  • Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

Creative team

Audrey Cefaly

Audrey Cefaly


Six people in their 20s and 30s by a pool table smiling at the camera

Show Up! A Young Professionals Event

June 1, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Join other Young Professionals at a performance of Maytag Virgin then walk to Copper & Flame to mingle, discuss the show, and enjoy small bites and a beverage, all included in the heavily discounted $15 Show Up! ticket.

Learn more about our YP series including how to get your $15 ticket!

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ETC Essentials

ETC Essentials

June 11, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

With the rise of social media, dating apps, and online communication, we have
begun to lose the power of the love letter. Learn from local writers and love
experts about the art of the written “woo-rd” and how to compose perfect love
letters for the special people in your life.

This event is free, but registration is required.


Meet the Artists

June 8 & 15, 2023

Interested in chatting with the artists behind the productions you love? Meet the Artists is a FREE post-show talk-back series on the second and third Thursday evenings for each production on our main stage. Discussion begins shortly after the show ends.


Icons of a large print program, Braille, and audio descriptionAudio-described performance

Thursday, June 8, 2023, at 7:30 pm

Mask-Required PerformanceMask-required performance

Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at 7:30 pm​

Icons of a hearing aid and American Sign LanguageASL-interpreted performance

Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at 7:30 pm

Relaxed PerformanceRelaxed performance

Saturday, June 17, 2023, at 2:00 pm​

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Photo credits | Ticket Info, Bryant Bentley, Burgess Byrd, and Leslie Goddard-Baum in Detroit ’67 (Mikki Schaffner); Subscriptions, Cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Ticket Discounts, Torie Wiggins in Your Negro Tour Guide. All images by Ryan Kurtz unless otherwise noted.