THE MAIDS
Written by Jean Genet

Translated by Bernard Frechtman

Directed by Jeff Goode

CAST: Sean Marlow, Sean Judge, Anne Fogarty

JEFF NOMINATED PRODUCTION 

“This neoclassic tragedy, presented in an edgy, circus-like absurd staging by the adventurous Trap Door, takes the idea of reality versus illusion and buries it in so many layers of deceit that no one involved can settle into fearless complacency.”

– Lucia Mauro, The New City

“The result is surreal and somewhat dizzying…” 
– Catey Sullivan, Nightlines

First performed in Paris in 1947, its action was inspired by a real-life scandal, the murder by two maids, sisters Christine and Lea Papin, of their mistress and her daughter.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Jean Genet was a French playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. He became a leading figure in the avant-garde theatre, especially the Theatre of the Absurd. His major works include the novels The Theif’s Journal and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony, The Maids, Deathwatch, and The Screens.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Jeff Goode is a director, actor and author of over 40 plays, musicals and children’s shows including The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Portrait of the Virgin Mary Feeding the Dinosaurs, Lesbian’s Last Pizza, Ring Cycle!- The Musical, Larry and the Werewolf, Dead Panther Cabaret, Narcissus and Echo, The UBU Plays, and The Maids for the Trap Door Theatre. His published plays include the dark Christmas comedy, The Eight, and the “revolutionary” children’s trilogy, The UBU Plays , both published by Baker’s plays in Boston. His work also appears in several of the “Best Monologues” books published by Smith & Kraus, including excerpts from Lesbian’s Last Pizza, Portrait of the Virgin Mary Feeding the Dinosaurs and Narcissus & Echo.

Jeff is a co-founder of the original No Shame Theatre (Iowa City), and a founding member company member of The Unusual Cabaret (Bar Harbor, Maine) and Pantechnicon Artworks (Chicago, IL). A cornfed Iowa youth, Jeff moved to California to become a decadent screenwriter. He has written pilot scripts for MTV ( Bloody Hell and Undressed) and Canal Plus (Smash! World.)

Scenic Design: Sean Marlow
Costume Design: Tina Howard
Lighting Design: Richard Norwood
Stage Manager: Wendy Walshe
Props: Cheryl Snodgrass
Sound: Peter Petraszewski
Jewelry: Wendy Walshe
Makeup: Monique Cooper
Poster Design: Sean Marlow
Assistant Director: Amy Punt
Consulting Asshole: Cheryl Snodgrass

Opened: February 1996