EgoPo/Cocteau Withdraws All Male Version of Genet's The Maids
According to a statement issued by the company, only the version of the show with the female cast will be presented this weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7pm) at the Bouwerie Lane Theater. "Despite the fact that the rights to both the female and male versions have been granted," reads the statement, "the constraints of the production as outlined in the license agreement made it impossible to make changes in the allotted time to alter the director's vision of the male version." It is unclear at this time whether the company will be able to return to presenting the all male version before the scheduled end of the run on April 23.
A spokesperson for the production explained that the company had been granted the rights to present an all-male version of the show, but it is written into the license agreement that no changes can be made to the setting of the play, which was specified as a bedroom by Genet. Lane Savadove, the show's director, had set the male version in a prison, reflecting the fact that Genet wrote it while imprisoned. The production was previously presented in that form in New Orleans and Philadelphia.