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April 26-May 18, 2013
By: Jean Genet
Translated by: Bernard Frechtman
Directed by: Frannie Shepherd-Bates
This play is exactly what audiences have been demanding and waiting for. Hearkening back to Magenta Giraffe’s inaugural production of Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit, The Maids is being produced as a direct result of audience feedback. The Maids is an exploration of the process of de-realization from the twisted mind of Jean Genet, whose works are well known for providing an intellectual workout. Two maids play at being mistress and servant but never quite get to the end of their role-playing before their actual mistress arrives home. Presented with an opportunity to kill the woman they both love and hate, the sisters conflate reality and fantasy, blurring the lines between murder and suicide as they finally succeed in ending the game they’ve been playing for so long. Audiences will love peeling back the layers of truth and falsity as they navigate the twists and turns of this delightfully complex and entertaining play.
“The Maids is a play that Magenta Giraffe has been wanting to produce for quite awhile, and we are thrilled to bring it to audiences now,” says Executive Artistic Director Frannie Shepherd-Bates. “People still ask me when we’ll do more plays like our first production in 2008, so we thought we’d give them what they want! Jean-Paul Sartre was a contemporary and champion of Jean Genet, and he wrote a definitive essay about The Maids, so this seemed to be a great choice. And the play’s political themes of Otherness and being constrained by class and society fit perfectly with our mission statement.”
The cast includes Meredith Gifford, Molly McMahon and Jaclyn Strez. Adam Crinson exhibits his scenic design; costumes by Katie Casebolt.
Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company’s production of The Maids will take place at the Abreact Performance Space: 1301 W. Lafayette, #113, Detroit, MI 48226. Reservations are available via phone at 313-408-7269, at the link to the right on this page, or at the door the day of the performance. Cash or check preferred, but credit cards will be accepted. Tickets are $18/$15 Student/Senior/Industry, and are also available on a pay-what-you-can basis at all performances.
The Maids will run Fridays at 8:00 pm and Saturdays at 8:00 pm. There will be one matinee at 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 12. Dates and times are:
Friday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 3, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 10, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 12, at 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 17, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, at 8:00 p.m.
Audience members paying the full ticket price may wish to take advantage of our “Repeat Offender” offer: If you’ve paid the suggested rate for a ticket and would like to see the show a second, third or fourth time (we love those who love theatre!) bring back a customer paying the same rate each time and see it free of charge!
The Maids, by Jean Genet, translated by Bernard Frechtman, is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
The first two performances of The Maids on April 26 and 27 are being offered as excursions to purchasers of the Detroit Passport to the Arts. The space is very intimate - for guaranteed seating, we recommend you look into a passport!
Detroit Passport to the Arts provides an introduction to the Detroit cultural scene for people 45 & under. With an affordable passport, DP2A offers an opportunity to experience Detroit and its culture with like-minded people. A passport provides access to six performances, including dance, opera, symphony, theatre, film and chamber music, followed by six social networking events.
For more information about DP2A visit www.dp2a.org
or call 248-559-2095.
Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company presents its fifth annual Staged Reading Festival featuring Michigan playwrights.
As part of its mission “to reestablish and expand Detroit’s theatre district,” Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company has chosen plays by Michigan natives and current Michigan residents to stage as part of a festival to take place May 24, 25 and 26, 2013, at the Abreact Performance Space (1301 W. Lafayette, #1301, Detroit, MI 48226). Attendees will see a reading of each play and are encouraged to participate in a workshop-style discussion afterward. Several plays that have been read in past staged reading festivals have gone on to be produced in the region, and this event gives audience members an opportunity to become a part of the process of developing plays for eventual production. Admission is by donation only.
Followers of past staged reading festivals will see some familiar names as well as new ones! The schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Friday, May 24
By Audra Lord
Directed by: Nancy Kammer
A parent's suicide provides the backdrop for this exploration of isolation, identity and assimilation in a family of Korean immigrants living in America. Inspired by a true story.
Saturday, May 25
By Andrew Morton
Directed by: Phil Bolden
Daniel is 15, has just lost his father, and is sleeping on a couch in his aunt’s basement in Flint, Michigan. After a violent outburst at his new school, his social worker Michelle suggests he spends a week working in an urban garden in the middle of the city with her father, Bobby. A week soon turns into a few months, and as the two men work together over the summer, they form an unlikely friendship and begin to help each other heal some old wounds.
A Play by Franco Vitella
By Franco Vitella
Directed by: Jonathan Davidson
The playwright Franco Vitella attempts to write a play, but has no idea what it's about or how it ends. As the writer struggles through starts, stops, and revisions, a group of actors attempt to perform the show without incident. A Play By Franco Vitella destroys theatrical barriers by blending characters with their real-life counterparts and examining what it means to be an actor, writer, and audience member.
The Friday Afternoon Bucket List of Booze
By Maureen Paraventi
Directed by: Angie Kane Ferrante
A group of longtime friends gathers regularly to sample exotic kinds of alcohol, laugh, and talk about everything - romantic dilemmas, caring for elderly parents, the joy of menopause - everything except for the fact that one of them is dying. Ultimately they have to confront this hard truth and the effect it has on all of their lives.
Sunday, May 26
The Antichrist Cometh
By David MacGregor
Directed by: David Woitulewicz
A happily married couple is getting ready to host a small dinner party when the husband makes the surprising discovery that he just might be the Antichrist. Should the party go on as planned or should he start making plans for the Apocalypse? Or perhaps a festive combination of the two?
Love is Strange
By Sean Paraventi
Directed by: Matthew Turner Shelton
Love is Strange explores a heartfelt, yet deeply disturbed, relationship between two lovers with a horrifying hobby. As the story reaches its climax, everything we think we know about victims and predators is called into question. We’re forced to look for the answers in our own dark places. This play contains mature content. No minors will be admitted without a parent present.