By Jean Genet
With Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabelle Huppert
New English translation by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton
Director Benedict Andrews
Set and costume designer Alice Babidge
Lighting designer Nick Schlieper
Music Oren Ambarchi
Video designer Sean Bacon
Sound designer Luke Smiles
Sydney Theatre Company returns to Lincoln Center Festival with Cate Blanchett, Isabelle Huppert, and Elizabeth Debicki in Jean Genet’s The Maids. Inspired by the story of the infamous Papin sisters who brutally killed their employer and her daughter, Genet’s play delves into the rituals of siblings Claire and Solange—played by Blanchett and Huppert—as they take turns playing both sides of the power divide and plot the demise of the domineering Mistress (Debicki). The production is directed by one of Australia’s most regarded theatrical talents, Benedict Andrews.
In 2012, Sydney Theatre Company’s “glorious” (New York Times) production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya was a break-out hit of Lincoln Center Festival, and with this North American premiere of The Maids, the company brings yet another acclaimed new staging to New York. Critics raved that the ravishing glass-box set is “the perfect high-octane setting for the sisters’ fantasies of death and desire to unfold” (Time Out Sydney) and a “temple to narcissism, excess, and paranoia” (Huffington Post).
“This is an opportunity to see two of the world’s best actresses playing opposite one another in a confronting but absorbing play, and to witness the debut stage role of a young actress who is billed by many to be the next Cate Blanchett. Don’t miss it.”
“A radiant production!”
“Isabelle Huppert delivers a strong, textured and playful performance.”
—The Guardian (London)
“Debicki, who appeared as Jordan Baker in [Baz Luhrmann’s film of] The Great Gatsby, is a towering figure, in all senses. She commands attention as she crushes her mature maids with the cruel power of her youth and beauty.”
“Benedict Andrews’s fine direction guides us beautifully through.”
This performance is approximately one hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission.
The Lincoln Center Festival 2014 presentation of The Maids is made possible in part by generous support from Jennie and Richard DeScherer, The Grand Marnier Foundation, Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, and members of the Producers Circle.
Preview performances are on August 6 and 7. Opening night is August 8.
Accessible seating is available at New York City Center. To purchase, click here or call 212.581.1212.
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