“I’ve seen it all and I’ve cleaned it all” – Constance Turner

JUNE 13 & 14, 7PM
Harold Prince Theatre at Penn Live Arts
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA

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We are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for “Cleaning in the House of Healing” – a new Theater of Witness production created and performed with six Environmental Service Workers who clean in hospital settings post-trauma, violence, illness, and care. The performers share their personal and collective stories about how cleaning impacts their lives in this innovative production directed by Teya Sepinuck, with original music by Niyonu Spann and cinematic imagery by Dax Roggio.

Often overlooked and undervalued, this project seeks to shine a light on the people who do the essential work of keeping hospitals clean and safe.  Lead support for Cleaning in the House of Healing is provided by the William Penn Foundation.

Click the link above to join us for our first and only public performances at 7pm on June 13th and 14th at the Harold Prince Theatre at Penn Live Arts. Tickets are $30 each and general admission seating policy applies. The production is approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are selling fast, so we encourage supporters to book as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Meet the Cast

Theater of Witness is excited to introduce you to Constance, Gloria, El-Shara, Jerome, Nicole, and Shamona – the performers in “Cleaning in the House of Healing.” All of them have been cleaning since they were young. They’ve been doing the invisible but essential work that most of us don’t want to see. Some of them grew up cleaning for elderly neighbors and family, others in stadiums, on city streets, and/or in hotels. They all became Environmental Service Workers (EVS) in hospitals where they have stories of cleaning in trauma bays, patient rooms, doctor’s offices, and emergency departments. As Constance Turner has said, “I’ve seen it all and I’ve cleaned it all”.

Photo by Raymond Holman

Meet Our Cast
The six resilient EVS Workers who are sharing their stories….
Constance Turner
“I’ve seen it all. I’ve cleaned it all.”
Jerome Smith
“I’ve been a cleaner since age thirteen. Now I’m forty-eight. I still feel like I’m at the bottom of the food chain.”
Shamona Jones
“I am proud to say I raised my three sons as a single mom living in the projects—all on a housekeeper’s salary.”
Nicole Champlin
“Sometimes you have to drop a tear or two, or two thousand. I may have 15,000 more tears to drop.”
Gloria Monson
“I’ve had to come clean to get clean”
El-Shara Scott
“I’m a living, walking testimony."