Phable Productions  in association with 
The Depot Theatre presents
The Maids 
By Jean Genet
Two sisters. One Mind. Inspired by the true story of Christine and Lea Papin.

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27 - 30 April 2016

The Depot Theatre
142 Addison Rd, Marrickville 

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Director Angelo Samolis  
Producer Chantelle Von Appen 
Assistant Drector Alexander Merlo
Stage Manager
Helen Shoobert 
Production Assistant Jack Berry
Cast Louise Harding, Jess Saras, Chantelle Von Appen
8pm Wed-Sat
(Preview Wed 27 April)
$32 Full | $27 Concession | $27 Groups of 10 
$22 Wednesdays | $22 School Students | $22 Previews
Inspired by the true story of Christine and Lea Papin, Jean Genet put pen to paper in 1956 to recreate the events of what inspired these two sisters to carry out the murder of their Madame. The Maids shows the bond between two sisters as they work as maids for a wealthy mistress. They hate the Madame, but they want to be her. They create scenarios of dream like murders that the Madame would be the subject of. They have little knowledge of how powerful their darkest fantasies are. With an all female cast, this dark story will give you insight into the mind of obsessed women.
Born in 1910, Jean Genet was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist who died in 1986. In his early life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing.

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Jessica Saras - CLAIRE

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film Acting from Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga in 2006, Sydney born Jessica has had extensive experience within the Entertainment Industry. Her ongoing training and commitment to her craft has seen her work alongside some of Sydney and LA’s best Casting Directors, Acting & Voice Coaches and Actors. Jessica is a popular fixture in many locally made short films, her most recent project Brainless Killers winning Best Short Film at the 2015 Sydney Indie Film Festival, among several other accolades. Her last feature appearance in The Tail Job had it's world premiere in January at the 2016 Slamdance Festival in Utah. Jessica has appeared in numerous National and International advertising campaigns for such companies as British Sky Broadcasting, McDonalds and most recently Sydney Transport NSW's campaign - Tomorrow's Sydney. Her television credits include Australian Drama Rescue Special Ops and a guest appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Her Theatre credits include the 2015 Australian Premiere of the Russian play Duck Hunting, Stage Door, Three Sisters, Macbeth, Patience: An Operetta and Housebound. In 2006, she was part of the ensemble cast for Love Song Dedications, an adaption of the play Five O'Clock Wave, which she performed in Wagga Wagga earlier that year. Jessica is also a well respected Acting teacher, currently lecturing at the New York Film Academy, Sydney campus. 

Louise Harding - MADAME

As an emerging young Sydney-based actress, Louise has played roles from Shakespeare's Katharina and Viola to Jean Racine's Phaedra. She has most recently graduated from NIDA's Screen Actors Studio, and prior to that spent a year studying abroad in Los Angeles at the Howard Fine studio and with acting tutor Anthony Meindl. After leaving high school she became a resident actor with the Northern Beaches theatre company The Rough Hewn Theatre Troupe for several years. With them she acted in, directed and designed many shows including Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, A Spring Song, Tartuffe, Dogg's Hamlet Cahoot's Macbeth, and Phaedra. In recent years she performed in the hit webseries Wingman, independent horror-comedy Reunion and Russian play Duck Hunting at the King St. Theatre.

Chantelle Von Appen - SOLANGE

 Chantelle is an actor, singer, dancer who is making her debut as a producer. At the age of fifteen Chantelle had the opportunity of touring the U.S in 2007 with her dance company DDC, performing in both Disneyland and California Adventure. Since then she has found her true passion lies within storytelling and began to pursue a  career in acting. Chantelle has completed a Diploma of Live Theatre and Events, Diploma of Screen and Media and a Bachelor of Music, Music Theatre.  Chantelle has also played roles behind the scenes; she has stage managed a number of shows, more recently the Sydney Fringe Festival production of Where’s My Money, where she was inspired to create her own production company called Phable Productions. This is Chantelle’s first production as a producer and she is looking forward to seeing the play come to life. Some of Chantelle’s credits include; Australia The Story Of Us, Sweeney Todd and Beauty And The Beast.