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Sydney Theatre Company's THE MAIDS, Starring Cate Blanchett, Begins Tonight at Lincoln Center Festival

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Sydney Theatre Company's THE MAIDS, Starring Cate Blanchett, Begins Tonight at Lincoln Center Festival

Sydney Theatre Company returns to Lincoln Center Festival with Cate Blanchett, Isabelle Huppert, and Elizabeth Debicki in Jean Genet's The Maids. The show plays two previews, tonight and tomorrow, August 6 and 7, for an opening on August 8, 2014.

Inspired by the story of the infamous Papin sisters who brutally killed their employer and her daughter, Genet's play delves into the rituals of 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 Mistress (Debicki). The production is directed by one of Australia's most regarded theatrical talents, Benedict Andrews.

Andrews helms a new English translation by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton. The creative team also features set and costume designer Alice Babidge, lighting designer Nick Schlieper, music by Oren Ambarchi, video designer Sean Bacon and sound designer Luke Smiles.

In 2012, Sydney Theatre Company's production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya was a break-out hit of Lincoln Center Festival, and with this North American premiere of THE MAIDS, the company brings yet another acclaimed new staging to New York.

For more about the production, click here.

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