Psychological Stage Thriller The Maids, Starring Cate Blanchett, Begins New York Run

The Sydney Theatre Company production of Jean Genet's The Maids, the classic stage drama about power and class that stars Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett, begins performances Aug. 6 as part of the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival.

Elizabeth Debicki and Cate Blanchett in The Maids
Elizabeth Debicki and Cate Blanchett in The Maids (Photo by Lisa Tomasetti)

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 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.

Here's how it's billed: "The play is set in a glamorous apartment crammed with flowers. Two maids, Claire and Solange (Blanchett and Huppert), are nearing the end of their psychological tether. Each night the sisters play a deadly game, or ceremony, creating their own theater in which they take turns playing the role of their mistress (Debicki)."

Tickets are available by phoning CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, online at, 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.