Directed by Benedict Andrews, The Maids arrives in New York after a June 2013 engagement in Sydney. The limited, 13-performance engagement continues through Aug. 16 at New York City Center. High ticket demand for the production prompted Lincoln Center Festival to add an additional 2 PM matinee on Aug. 9.
"The challenge with Genet is to not smooth over the dangerous, often ugly, underbelly of his work," Blanchett told Playbill. "His obsession with murder, death, claustrophobia, brutality, dominance and submission. That's why it was so exciting to work on a new adaptation, which was at once brutal, shocking, lyrical and poetic." Read the full interview here.
The Maids features Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine," A Streetcar Named Desire) and Isabelle Huppert as servants Claire and Solange, with Elizabeth Debicki as Madame.
The staging has production design by Alice Babidge and lighting design by Nick Schlieper.
Tickets are available by phoning CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, online at LincolnCenterFestival.org, at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, 65th Street and Broadway, and at the New York City Center Box Office, 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.