Flagler College’s theater department will bring an adaptation of absurdist playwright Jean Genet’s “The Maids”to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 through 12 with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 12 at Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St.
The show is a dark, tragic story of illusion and theatricality in response to oppression.
Inspired by the true crime story of France’s infamous Papin sisters, Genet’s 1947 masterpiece centers on sisters Solange and Claire, devoted yet disconsolate housemaids that construct an elaborate role-playing ritual when their Madame is away. Taking turns dressing and embodying Madame, while the other remains subservient in her role as the maid, the sisters play a game that is at once cathartic, violent and terrifying: the intended climax being the ceremonious “killing” of their Mistress, freeing the sisters from her domination once and for all. When the sisters fail to actualize the murder in the ceremony, they concoct a diabolical plan to engineer the killing of their Madame, brutally blurring the lines of theatricality and reality.
The production features a new translation by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton. This version was originally commissioned and first produced by the Sydney Theatre Company in 2013, and starred Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett as Claire.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and are available online at flagler.universitytickets.com. Tickets may also be purchased directly at the box office beginning from noon to 5 p.m. beginning Nov. 7 and one hour prior to curtain. Non-Flagler students can receive a discounted $5 ticket, and Flagler faculty, staff and students can obtain one free ticket at the box office.
“The Maids” contains adult language, adult themes, violence and brief nudity.
For information, call 819-6401 or go to flagler.edu/theatre.