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Sydney Theatre Company

The Maids

  • Mainstage
  • Aug 6 - 16, 2014
  • Tickets Start at $35

  • Overview

    Sydney Theatre Company returns to Lincoln Center Festival with Cate Blanchett, Isabelle Huppert, and Elizabeth Debicki in Jean Genet’s The Maids. Based on the true story of the infamous Papin sisters who brutally killed their employer and her daughter, Genet’s play delves into the rituals of the 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 Madame (Debicki).

    In 2012, Sydney Theatre Company’s “glorious” (The New York Times) production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya was a break-out hit at The 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 performance is approximately one hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission.

    Presented in association with New York City Center

    Photo by Lisa Tomasetti

  • Cast & Credits

    By Jean Genet
    New English translation by Andrew Upton and Benedict Andrews
    Director Benedict Andrews
    Starring Cate BlanchettElizabeth DebickiIsabelle Huppert
    Sets and costumes by Alice Babidge
    Lighting design by Nick Schlieper
    Composer Oren Ambarchi
    Video designer Sean Bacon
    Sound designer Luke Smiles

  • Press

    “This is an opportunity to see two of the world’s best actresses playing opposite one another in a confronting but absorbing play. Don’t miss it.”
    The Telegraph (Australia)

    “A radiant production!”
    The Australian

    “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.”
    Huffington Post

    “Huppert and Blanchett are magnificent.”
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company)

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