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TSP Main Stage

March 29 - April 14, 2019

64 East 4th Street, Underground Space, NYC


Two sisters, maids to a wealthy society woman, act out fantasies of class, love and revenge while the lady of the house is out on a romantic rendezvous. As their games intensify, the incipient violence escalates as they await Madame's return.


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Synopsis for THE MAIDS:

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.


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Solange   Erin Cronican*
Madame   Christine Redhead
Claire   Gaia Visnar
Playwright   Jean Genet
Director & Producer   Erin Cronican
Stage Management   Mari Nagao
Lighting Design   Eve Bandi
Sound Design   Brandon Walker
Costume Design   Erin Cronican
Scenic Design   Mike Mroch
* indicates member of Actors' Equity Association



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Production Photos - Click for Slideshow


(Photos by Russ Rowland.)




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Talkbacks for THE MAIDS:


Coming soon!


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Articles about THE MAIDS:


Broadway World - "The Seeing Place Presents Two Classic Plays About Abuses Of Power Against Women"

Theater That Matters - "Let's Talk About a Different Kind of Acting, The Maids at The Seeing Place Theater."

"First Online With Fran - "It's All A Game: An Interview with Erin Cronican""



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Reviews and Audience Response for THE MAIDS:

"The Seeing Place Theater is quickly becoming one of my favorite off-Broadway companies...This delightful absurd French play by Jean Genet centers on two maids who engage in the ceremony of roleplaying the murder of their employer...Ms. Cronican and Ms. Visnar explode into a world where they are the best of scene partners. They turn the tables on each other with ease and the love/hate that is unique to a pair of sisters...I encourage support for The Seeing Place Theater because their mission is simple and clear, and evidence demonstrates their achievement of it."- Virginia Jimenez, Times Square Chronicles

"Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever. See it if you want to discover a true-crime, existential, classic performed by actors at the top of their game. This play was a revelation to me. I was familiar with it as having the common source material of many movies and tv episodes about murderous maids, but I had never seen the play itself. I was not prepared for the smart, comic language, and rollicking dialogue exchanges, and the wild discoveries that we made throughout this theatrical experience. The performances were perfectly pitched to the humor and gravity of the play, and the experience of hopelessness of the characters hit me near the end as if an eerie spectre had descended on the production. I’m going back to see it again." - Thomas 7265, Show Score

"Great acting...Intense. See it if you like French absurdist comedy that’s really well done." - J 7313, Show Score

"Intelligent, Thought-provoking, A bit creepy, in a good way, Engrossing. See it if you want to see something completely different from anything else available. It's worth the trip to the East Village for this odd piece. This company is a real treasure, always delivering above and beyond my expectations. I think of them as the little company that could, did, and continues to bring really vibrant theatre to the community." - Jacqueline Parker, Show Score



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