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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 12, 2010

'The Maids' takes hold of Studio Theater stage

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Two maids will travel a dark path of loathing and deceit on the Northwest stage this weekend when students present "The Maids."

"The Maids," by Nick Hall, will run at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 in the Studio Theater of the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. All tickets are general admission and can be purchased for $5. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m.

The play is intended for mature audiences.

The play depicts two maids, Solange and Claire, who are discontent with their life of servitude. Their loathing manifests itself into a ceremony the maids perform at night while their Madame is away. But when the ceremony is not enough, the sisters devise ways to get revenge on their Madame. When their plot goes awry and they face the danger of discovery, the two women are led down even darker paths.

"The Maids," by French playwright Jean Genet, is one of the first in the "theatre of the absurd" genre, and it's a unique experience for the Northwest stage, director Troy Battle said.

Battle, of Troy, Mo., is marking his fourth time in the director's chair at Northwest. He is a senior majoring in theatre and studying a broadcasting minor. Previously, he directed "Some Girl(s)," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Night of the Living Dead" for which he received a merit award in directing at the Kennedy Center-American Collegiate Theatre Festival.

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Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468