Directed byTracy Cameron Francis.
The Maids: Bushra Laskar & IracelRivero
Madame: Alex Russell
THE MAIDS will play a three-weeklimited engagement at a site-specific Chelsea Loft (306 8th Avenue
between West 25 & 26th St.). Performances begin Saturday, April 24th
and continue Wednesday-Sunday through Saturday, May 8th, 7:30pm.
Genetbased his play on the infamous Papin sisters, Lea and Christine, who
brutally murdered their employer and her daughter in Le Mans, France, in
1933. Solange and Claire are two housemaids who construct elaborate
sadomasochistic rituals when their mistress (Madame) is away. The focus
of their theatrical playing is the murder of Madame and they take turns
portraying either side of the power divide. The deliberate pace and
devotion to detail guarantees that they always fail to actualize their
fantasies by ceremoniously "killing" Madame at the ritual's denouement.
The play was first produced by Louis Jouvet in 1947. The story can be
read as an absurdist exposition on the intricate power dynamic that
exists between unequals.
306 8th Avenue is between West 25th& 26th St in Chelsea. It is conveniently located across the street
from the C and E subway stations and on the M7 bus route.
Wednesdaynights are only $15 cash (reservations online) and benefits Haiti
relief through Clean The World ("http://cleantheworld.org/).
Audience members should register online and bring soap or shampoo for
the charity to receive the ticket discount.
Theproduction features scenic design by Laura Taber Bacon, costume design
by Emily Lippolis, and lighting design by Michael Megliolia. Julian
Mesri is the sound designer, Chelsea Chorpenning is the properties
designer, Gae Song is the assistant stage manager, Nic Musolino is the
technical director and Laura Gomez is the stage manager. Reneé Rodriguez
is the producer and Tara Clark is the associate producer.