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