The Maids’ The Maids 

 ABRONS ARTS CENTER

OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 9, 2014

tickets now available 

 

In The Maids’ "The Maids", Sister Sylvester have partnered with domestic household workers in New York City to devise a response to Jean Genet’s notorious 1947 one-act, The Maids. Using Genet’s central device of maids role-playing as their employer to expose the subtle (and not-so-subtle) humiliations involved in domestic labor and the experience of immigrants, the performance invites contemporary domestics to use the theatrical space to stage experiences from their own lives. What emerges is a portrait of two separate New York Cities: a city that serves and a city that is served. One is for the increasingly affluent English speakers who can afford domestic workers, while the other—separated by language—is that of precarious laborers, often illegal immigrants, who serve them. In the waste and excess of this rich people’s playground, who cleans up the mess? 

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Director: Kathryn Hamilton

Dramaturg: Jeremy Barker

Design: Juan Betancurth

Video: Brian Oh

 

Featuring:

L. Calixto, , T. Mintern, G. Sanchez, and I. Sanchez

 

 

 

photo by Maria Baranova 

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