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‘The Maids’ at NACL

July 19, 2012

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL at 110 Highland Lake Rd. will present a production of Jean Genet’s “The Maids” by Kicking Mule Theatre Company, directed by Francine Roussel, on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

In “The Maids,” a dark 1947 play written by French playwright Jean Genet, two maids, resentful of their low social status “play” at destroying their employer. Inspired by Genet’s multiple incarcerations, French director, Francine Roussel has set the play in a prison environment, and cast men in the roles of the three women characters.

It was Genet’s wish to have the three female characters of “The Maids” (“Les Bonnes”) performed by men, to inspire multiple readings of the story: male actors play the role of maids who play at being their mistress or each other. The play features Will Porter, Danny Ryan, Jim Ludlum, and is directed by French actress and director, Francine Roussel. Translation by Martin Crimp.

This adaptation will move to the New York Fringe Festival in August 2012.

Tickets cost $15 to $25 on a sliding scale. Call 845/557-0694 for reservations. Visit www.nacl.org.