The Portland premiere of Jean Genet’s The Maids, is presented at Shaking The Tree Theatre and Studio, 823 SE Grant St. August 4 – 21 by Public Citizen Theatre.

The story is based on the case of the infamous Papin sisters who murdered their employer and young daughter in 1933. Genet explores interconnected themes of identity and class through sisters Claire and Solange – domestic servants who spend their evenings enacting rituals that end in the death of their mistress. The translation is by Martin Crimp

Identities shift, accusations fly, and tensions rise as the sisters become paranoid their mistress will uncover their intentions. It’s a fast-paced psychological thriller, infused with Genet’s perverse humor.

After a grievous life, Genet was imprisoned, and began writing the first of five successful novels. His first critical success as a playwright was The Maids, written in 1947.

Opening night is August 4 at 8 pm. Performances continue Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 2 pm. Doors at 7:30 pm.

Doors open at 1:30 pm. Tickets $15 – $25. Available online at tinyurl.com/hqyefmk.

See shaking-the-tree.com for more.