NJ Repertory Company Presents World Premiere: 'Welcome To Matteson!

Pictured Above: “Welcome to Matteson!” Photo Credit: Contributed.



Long Branch , NJ – NJ Repertory Company (NJ Rep) proudly concludes its thriving season with the World Premiere of “Welcome To Matteson!” by Inda Craig-Galván, under the direction of Dawn Monique Williams. The production is set to commence on September 28, leading up to its opening night on Saturday, September 30, and will continue its run until October 29, 2023. A suburban couple hosts a welcome-to-the-neighborhood dinner party for their new neighbors — a couple recently relocated from Cabrini Green, Chicago’s roughest housing project — and it’s anything but welcoming. A dark comedy about reverse gentrification and how we deal with the “other” when the other looks just like us. 

“Welcome to Matteson!  brilliantly exposes the layers of reverse gentrification with a dark comedic touch. Inda Craig-Galvan’s thought-provoking play challenges us to confront our notions of ‘otherness’ when it’s cloaked in familiarity. A compelling exploration of human connections that resonate deeply. We are so happy to provide this play with its World Premiere.”  – SuzAnne Barabas, Artistic Director of NJREP

The cast includes MaConnia Chesser (NY:  Cell), De’Lon Grant (Broadway’s Come from Away), Charlie Hudson, III (Off Broadway: Nollywood Dreams) and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (TV’s “Average Joe,” “Bosch”).  The creative team includes set design by Jessica Parks, lighting design by Jill Nagle, sound design by Nick Simone, costume design by Patricia E. Doherty, technical director Brian Snyder, and production stage manager is Kristin Pfeifer, and assistant stage manager is Rachael Malloy.

Tickets are NOW on sale at NJ Rep njrep@njrep.org or by calling 732.229.3166. They can be purchased by visiting njrep.org/plays or by phone at 732-229-3166. NJ Rep is located at 179 Broadway, Long Branch, New Jersey, 07740. Welcome to Matteson! will play on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 3 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. Added performance: Friday, October 13 at 3 pm!

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