Columbia Alums Direct and Star in the World Premiere of José Rivera’s The Maids

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21-Sep-16
Daniel Irizarry ’04 directs the world premiere of José Rivera’s The Maids with a cast that includes Columbia alumni Laura Butler Rivera ‘04, Casey Robinson ’09, and Folami Williams ‘16. The production, an adaptation of Jean Genet’s unsettling classic work, will run from September 29 to October 23 at INTAR Theatre in New York.
 
The Maids invites the audience into the dark fantasies of two sisters as they play out their desires for power with one another while their mistress is away. While Genet’s play originally premiered in France in 1947, Rivera sets the story in Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, on the eve of the United States’ military invasion in 1941. The two maids, Monique and Yvette, idealize about emancipation from La Doña, who is the mistress of the island’s largest sugar plantation. Driven by a desire for freedom, their fantasies quickly distort reality and a dangerous psychological power struggle ensues.
 
INTAR Theatre is one of America’s longest-running Latino theatres committed to producing works in English. The Maids is presented in association with One Eighth Theater, a company currently in residency at INTAR and founded by Artistic Directors Irizarry and Butler Rivera. Previous productions by One Eighth include UBU by Adam Szymkowicz ’04 and Teach, Teacher, Teachest by David Koteles, which The New York Times praised as “unafraid to be strange, and that audacity is its own reward.” In addition to directing and performing, Irizarry has taught acting around the world, including at Columbia University’s MFA Acting Program, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Bilkent University in Turkey, Freie University in Berlin, Syowa Ongaku University in Tokyo, The University of Puerto Rico, and Kookmin University in Seoul.
 
Tickets for all performances of The Maids are $25 and may be purchased online at intartheatre.org or by calling (212) 352-3101. A limited number of $15 tickets are available for Columbia students using the code “Columbia” for performances from Sept. 29 - Oct. 9.

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