THE MAIDS Announced At The Seeing Place Theater
Solange and Claire are two housemaids who construct elaborate sadomasochistic rituals when their mistress (Madame) is away. The focus of their role-playing is the murder of Madame and they take turns portraying both sides of the power divide. Their deliberate pace and devotion to detail guarantees that they always fail to actualize their fantasies by ceremoniously "killing" Madame at the ritual's dénouement.
"As we explored the play and the theme of power abuse, we came to realise how much it's still alive today.", says Gaia Visnar, one of the leading actors in the production. "The play is about social class vs. individual identity, intertwined with desires, anger, fantasies, role-play and sexuality. The sisters cannot be themselves, they are one, defined by their social class and treated as such by their mistress. We explored what you can do when your hands are tied by your social class and the consequences of those actions."
The show started previews on March 29th and runs until April 14th at The Seeing Place Theatre on 64 E. 4th Street, NYC; Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 PM, Fridays at 8 PM Saturdays at 5 PM and Sundays at 1 PM and 8 PM; with Erin Cronican and Gaia Visnar in the leading roles of the maids Solange and Claire and Christine Redhead as Madame.
*Photography by Russ Rowland