Benedict Andrews’s version of Jean Genet’s play, starring Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, reduces Genet’s thinking to curse words and. Complete summary of Jean Genet’s The Maids. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Maids. In August Jean Genet’s scandalous play The Maids was revived at Lincoln Center Festival as a star vehicle for Cate Blanchett and.

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The Maids – Wikipedia

This play resonates with many Filipinos today who, even in the 21st century, still perpetuate a deeply feudal society. Solange and Claire are two housemaids who indulge in sadomasochistic role-playing, taking turns impersonating their Madame while she is away. Photo by Rome Jorge. A dependent living on one’s good graces and a servant one cannot live without.

Part of the family and second class citizen. A status symbol unmentionable maivs invisible.

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A uniform essential to any role playing fetishist and an all-too-common story of abuse. Those who employ them do so by letting them into their lives, yet take pains to set boundaries. Their employ always creates a tension between consenting adults bound by a contract of inequality where the limits of professionalism, propriety and privacy are constantly tested and sometimes contested by intimate proximity. The relationship between master and servant is an unstable and volatile one — a potentially explosive premise for a story with a cataclysmic climax — yet one so common and socially acceptable as to be relatable mids resonant.


And always, there is the unspoken fantasy of role reversal, of comeuppance and of illicit sexual intimacy. Playing the role of Madame, a vain and imperious character whose criminal lover has been sent away by a suspiciously anonymous tip from her own maids, are some of Philippine theater’s most talented actors: As was originally intended by Genet, the female roles of the maids and the Madame are played mostly by men.

This further adds depth to the role-playing dimension of the drama. Curiously, this gender-bending casting has often not been followed in venet play’s many stagings in the western hemisphere.

Director Anton Juan’s use of so many actors of various genders, ages, backgrounds and personalities to play the role of Madame for each of the many play dates allows for various interpretations of the role. This play by Genet is no mere role-playing fantasy.

He based his story upon a heinous crime in when sisters and fellow maids Lea and Christine Papin bludgeoned their mistress and her daughter to death and gouged their eyes out in Le Mans.

The Papin sisters, who insisted that they work together whenever possible, were found naked in bed together by the police. That many Filipinos today work as overqualified domestic helpers abroad only makes this tragedy all the more relevant.

The controversial murder cases of overseas Filipino domestic workers accused of murder such as Flor Contemplacion and Sarah Balabagan attest to this.

This play resonates with many Filipinos today who, even in the 21 st century, still perpetuate a deeply feudal society where generations of the same family serve as maids of the same household.


On its premier night last August 8, Glorioso played the role of Madame effortlessly, portraying her as a taciturn prima donna befuddled with age. Juan and Fabregas electrified the stage.

This play’s lines were lengthy, but the two said so much more without words. The intimate setting of the Mirror Studio Theatre worked well for this intense drama. Start your investing journey with COL Financial.

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