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ISSUE twEnty-thrEE n ov e m b e r 2 0 0 8

1 THE MAIDS: On Stage

Table of ConTenTs
Dear Friends ...........................................................03 on sTage: The Maids ...............................................................05 The Truth Behind the Tale ........................................06 Director’s Sidebar: Jimmy McDermott .......................09 ArtisticConversation: Playing the Role of Jean Genet ....12 The Mystery of a Thriller ..........................................16 The Cast ................................................................17 baCksTage: The MLK Project ......................................................19 Open Rehearsal: Picnic ............................................22 Sponsor Salutes.....................................................24 Comings and Goings ...............................................26 Next Up: Old Glory ...................................................27 The Maids Performance Calendar .............................29

When the mistress

is aWay,
the maids Will play.
THE MAIDS: On Stage 1

2 THE MAIDS: On Stage

the BrieF ChrOniCle
t h e o f f i c i a l m a g a z i n e o f wr i t e r s ’ t h e at r e
IssUe TWenTY-THRee noVeMbeR 2008
Michael Halberstam Artistic Director kathryn M. lipuma Executive Director

Michael Halberstam Artistic Director kathryn M. lipuma Executive Director

eDIToR
eleanor berman Director of Marketing & Communications

THe bRIef CHRonICle TeaM
Justin ball Development Manager Mica Cole Director of Education sherre Jennings CullenDirector of Development kalena Dickerson Development Manager Jon faris General Manager bobby kennedy Artistic Assistant/Literary Associate Jimmy McDermott Associate Artistic Director sara M. Poorman Marketing Associate Margaret Reeder Director of Audience Services

Dear Friends: We are frequently asked how we come to choose a season. One of greatest attractions to any possible production is thepassion and desire of the artists to bring a particular script to life. Writers’ Theatre Associate Artistic Director, Jimmy McDermott (director of The Puppetmaster of Lodz) has held a life-long fascination with Jean Genet’s The Maids. For those of you not familiar with the background of The Maids, this issue of The Brief Chronicle will take you through the dark and incredible true story that inspiredthe playwright. We delve into the playwright’s background; a contemporary of the mid-twentieth century French intelligentsia and friend to philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. We discover how Genet came to write a piece as complex as The Maids so early in his career and walk through key directorial decisions with Jimmy McDermott. Meanwhile, backstage at Writers’ Theatre, we have been busily celebratingour many generous sponsors who have made the 2008/09 Season possible. It is because of their openhanded support that we are able to bring these exceptional words and artists to the stage. This generosity also allows us to facilitate educational programs, giving children and families the opportunity to experience live theater (often for the first time), hopefully planting the seed for a life-longappreciation for the arts. It is with great excitement that we welcome you back to the bookstore, and as always, we’re

ConTRIbUToRs
Dr. gene a. Plunka

DesIgn
loWeRCase, InC.

THe WRITeRs’ THeaTRe boaRD of TRUsTees
Officers
Christopher knight, President gillian goodman, Vice-President bruce Tranen, Vice-President Rachel Weinstein, Vice-President, President Elect Dave Mcgranahan, TreasurerMary Pat studdert, Secretary

Trustees
lawrence adelman arthur anderson, Jr. Janice beck susan belgrad lorry borowitz sara Cohan Howard Conant, Jr. Judy Cottle norman Cutler Carol Dawley linda Havlin Dagmara kokonas larry b. kugler Jennifer litowitz Thomas Mann lorel McMillan barbara Melcher Pam Phillips Weston stanford slovin William e. Taylor Yalena Vayner Pam Zdunek

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