CLUTTER: I’m Saving My Life and It’s Killing Me

Author: Nancy Redman

CLUTTER: I’m Saving My Life and It’s Killing Me

Description: Nancy, a hoarder, attempts to break her addiction after her landlord gives her an eviction notice with one week to get rid of her clutter.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 1/3/2012
Content Advisory: Very little adult language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males

NOTE: CLUTTER: I'm Saving My Life and It's Killing Me is fully protected by copyright law and may not be performed by anyone other than the author. All inquiries concerning possible performances by the author, publication, reprinting or use of this play in any form should be addressed to Rochelle at

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Keywords: Comedy · Drama · Families · Memoirs · Naturalism/Realism · Show Biz · Single Set · Solo Play · True Stories

This play is in the following collections: United Solo

Original Production Information

CLUTTER: I'm Saving My Life and It's Killing Me was first presented with different material and length (35 min.) at the Estrogenius Festival at Manhattan Theatre Source, New York, in 2003:

Director - Karen Ludwig
Executive Producer: Fiona Jones
Sola Voce Estrogenia: Hilda Guttormsen
Stage Manager: Kanako Hiyama
Sound: Giovanna Sgarlata

The play was then workshopped at the Donna de Matteo - Playwriting Seminar, 2009-2011, with director Austin Pendleton.

Then followed the next five productions with different material and length:

For all five productions:
Director: Austin Pendleton
Writer/Performer: Nancy Redman
Creative Assistant: Ira Brightman

HB Playwrights Theatre - The Living Room Plays - 2009 (10 Min.)
Executive Director: Donna de Matteo
Managing Director: Marlene Mancini
Lighting Design: Corrie Beth Shotwell
Technical Director: Giovanni Villari
Stage Manager: Stephanie Carlisle
Administrative Assistant: Karina Naumer

The Players Theatre - The Shortened Attention Span 4th Festival - 2010 (25 Min.)
Producers: Carlo Rivieccio and Christy Benanti
Technical Director: Carlo Rivieccio
Administrative Assistant: Karina Naumer

TADA! Theatre - One Woman Standing - Emerging Artists New Works Series - 2011 (60 Min.)
Artistic Director: Paul Adams
Curators: Andrea Alton and Julie A.Feltman
Stage Manager: Julie A. Felton

Theatre Row - United Solo Theatre Festival 2010 (45 Min.)
Stage Manager: Donald Leungô Molosi and Diane R. Huber

Theatre Row - United Solo Theatre Festival 2011 (90 Min.; the version published here)
Stage Manager: Jason Jung
Technical Supervisor: Nathaniel Basch-Gould
Publicity: Audrey Ross