"The Maids" , Toy Boat Theatre, Tacoma
TOY BOAT THEATRE BACK IN ACTION WITH GENET'S "THE MAIDS" AT KING'S BOOKS, TACOMA, WA
After a two-and-a-half year hiatus following a six-month Spaceworks residency on MLK Way, Toy Boat Theatre is waking up from "sleep mode" with a production of Jean Genet's infamous and sexy "The Maids" at King's Books, 218 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA. We're playing late night, at 10pm; free preview July 10; performances July 11, 12, 18 and 19. "The Maids" is just over an hour, and we invite all patrons to a "salon chat" (read, refreshments and gossip among the stacks) after each performance.
Tickets are $10 general seating, limited to 40, so we urge advance purchase. "The Maids" is best suited to mature audiences due to subject matter and a bit of skin. Note: King's Books includes greeter cats Miko and Atticus.
Directed by Marilyn Bennett, Managing Artistic Director of Toy Boat Theatre, "The Maids" features, Ricky German, Deya Ozburn, and Emily Rychlick, with stage management/assistant direction from Sarah McKinley. Written in 1947, "The Maids" takes its subject matter from a famous crime in Paris in 1933, in which the two twisted Papin sisters brutally murdered their mistress and her daughter after an apparent argument and were later found naked together in their garret bed. Jean Genet--novelist, playwright, homosexual and petty thief--was inspired to write his one-act play in which two miserable sister maids rehearse the murder of their beautiful young mistress in hopes of freeing themselves from their intense jealousy, envy, and hatred of her. Jean-Paul Sartre wrote of Madame in "The Maids" that "what appears behind the footlights is not so much a woman as Genet himself living out the impossibility of being a woman." Genet's brief play is poetic, tragic, darkly funny and fascinating, full of what Sartre calls "the whirligigs of being and appearance."
Toy Boat Theatre is proud to partner with King's Books as cozy literary host to our production--bearing out our motto, "great acting in a humble house"--and to play as part of the Tacoma Pride Festival, July 11-16, with events throughout Tacoma.
We hope to see you at "The Maids"!
King's Books (View)
218 St. Helen's Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
|Minimum Age: 14|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|