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‘Maids’ talk murder in P.A.
Sisters talk murder on the Port Angeles Community Players’ stage this weekend.
For four shows, Jean Genet’s absurdist play “The Maids,” a Second Stage Production directed by Jim Guthrie, comes to Port Angeles from May 30-June 1.
Starring Sequim grads Rebecca Lynn Horst and Sarah Shea along with Angela Poynter-Lemaster of Port Angeles, “The Maids” follows sisters Claire (Horst) and Solange (Poynter-Lemaster) as they act out the demise of their homeowner Madame played by Shea.
Horst, who returns to the stage after sometime away, said not many dark plays are performed on the peninsula.
“If we can accomplish what we set out to do, when people leave they are going to ask, “What did I just watch?” she said.
“It’s very complicated and layered. The whole thing is about wanting to have more than what you have instead of being satisfied with yourself.”
Guthrie, who last directed “Krapp’s Last Tape” for Olympic Theatre Arts, said, “The Maids” debuted in Paris in 1947 and heralded the theater of absurd movement with its dramatic plot and comic undertones. It’s slightly based on the Papin sisters who murdered their employer and her daughter in France in 1933 but Horst said it doesn’t go nearly as dark.
Horst said while the one-act play is a drama it has some lighter moments.
“We’re trying to bring out light elements,” she said. “It has some things in it that people will recognize like sisterhood.”
For more information on the play, visit pacommunityplayers.com.
“The Maids” by Jean Genet directed by Jim Guthrie
A Port Angeles Community Players Second Stage Production
1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
$10 suggested ticket, Headsets available.
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 30; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31; and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1
Starring: Rebecca Lynn Horst, Sarah Shea and Angela Poynter-Lemaster