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"The Maids" by Jean Genet, Sept 13-Oct 6, 2013 @ 10th Ave Theater (Talent to aMuse)
10th Avenue Theatre
San Diego, CA
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"The Maids" by Jean Genet, Sept 13-Oct 6, 2013 @ 10th Ave Theater (Talent to aMuse)
When the mistress is away, the maids will play.  Two women in service to a younger socialite pass the moments of their day in playacting and fantasy.  As the line between fantasy and reality begins to disintegrate, their games take a deadly turn.  Jealousy, resentment, sexual tension and murder converge in this 1947 classic French play by Jean Genet.  Director O.P. Hadlock brings to life this seminally rebellious play with three of San Diego's most adept actresses: Margaret Fitzgibbons, Sandy Hotchkiss, and Carla Navarro.  The play will be produced by the Talent to aMuse Theatre Company at the 10 Street Theatre's Fourth Floor Theatre.  Performances will take place September 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, and October 4-6, 2013.  Curtain is at 8:00 pm except on Sundays which will start at 7:00 pm.  Reservations can be made at 619-940-6813 or



We recommend you to give yourself plenty of time. Directly in front of the building there are 2-hour parking meters.

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We are located near the City College Trolley Station at 1155 C Street (Park Blvd & C Street). The Orange and Blue line stop here. More info on getting here by Trolley can be found here:

The theater, lobby and bathrooms are ADA compliant. Please call us at 619-940-6813 prior to your performance if you have any special needs and we will be happy to accommodate.

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The upcoming production of Jean Genet's The Maids at the 10th Avenue Theatre will feature the original art of Hugo Navarro in the hallway walls directly outside of its Cabaret Theatre and in the Cabaret gallery from Sept 13  Oct 6.  Hugo A Navarro, an international artist, was born in Santiago Chile and emigrated to US in 1977.  He has lived in Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan and California.  Here in California, he works with local artists' projects and exhibitions. He has also participated in projects and exhibitions in Spain, Germany, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.  He has a website at:


Jean Genet did not have to look far for the poverty, debauchery, and criminality that make up the subject matter of most of his novels and plays. His semi- autobiographical novel, The Thief's Journal (1949), provides many of the details of his early life as a homosexual, a prostitute, a thief, and a convict. Genet explored these darker areas with unprecedented poeticism and frankness, while helping develop the French theatrical movement, the Theatre of the Absurd.

Genet was born on December 10, 1910, in Paris, France, to twenty-two-year-old prostitute Camille Gabrielle Genet. She gave him away to an orphanage the following summer, and Jean never again saw her. He was soon put in a foster home, but ran into trouble. At age ten, he was accused of stealing. Though he was innocent, he later claimed that since society had repudiated him, he chose to repudiate society and devote himself, ironically, to a life of a crime. At age thirteen he was removed from his foster home and school, and later endured psychiatric treatments after he embezzled money from his new guardian.

In 1949 after 10 criminal convictions, Genet faced the threat of life imprisonment. In an effort to save Genet, whom he believed was a promising new leader of France's artistic community, Surrealist Jean Cocteau, with the help of fellow artists such as Jean Paul Sartre and Pablo Picasso, pleaded successfully to the French President for a dismissal of Genet's sentence. Genet avoided prison for the remainder of his life, and continued to publish several works including the novels such as The Thief's Journal (1949) and A Prisoner of Love (published posthumously in 1986), and plays such as The Balcony (1956), The Blacks (1958), and The Screens (1963). In addition to his creative endeavors, Genet became a political activist and affiliated himself with radical groups. His activism, like his artistic work, critiqued the abuse of marginalized groups by the social and political elite and urged reforms regarding social inequities.

Genet loosely based his play on the infamous Papin sisters, Lea and Christine, who brutally murdered their employer and her daughter in Le Mans, France, in 1933, although the play is not the story of the Papin sisters as such. Genet's original intention was that the three protagonists, Madame and the maids Solange and Claire, be performed by male actors.  In order to get it first performed (Theatre Athenee, Paris, April 17, 1947) though he was required to relinquish this requirement.

Jean Genet's The Maids caused a scandal when it opened in Paris in 1947 for its stark portrayal of seething working class discontent. This dark and brooding play depicts two sisters, servants in an upper-class Parisian home, who nightly engage in a secret ceremony of revenge while their mistress is away. The story follows the sisters as they weave through past and present, fiction and fantasy, truth and lies, and finally, detection and escape. For Solange and Claire, the ritual becomes reality as they face the ultimate challenge of despair, jealousy, hatred, and sisterly love.



10th Avenue Theatre (View)
930 10th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
United States

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