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SMU Alumni Launch New Theatre Company

Troupe debuts with Genet’s mind-twisting The Maids

The Maids will be performed June 8-10 and 15-17 at Project X's The Green theatre.

Best Revenge Productions, a new troupe of actors, directors and designers recently graduated from SMU Meadows School of the Arts, will perform their original production of Jean Genet’s The Maids, June 8-10 and 15-17 at Project X's The Green Zone black box theatre, located at 161 Riveredge Drive in the Design District/Oak Lawn area of Dallas. Show times are 8 p.m. each evening; tickets are $10, and $5 for students.

The Maids, set in 1940s Paris, explores the fine line between perception and reality while plumbing the dark fantasies of the human heart. The play centers on two domestics who bear both an intense love and a profound hatred for their Madame, whose lavish lifestyle controls every part of their existence. To cope, the maids create an imaginative world in which one pretends she herself is Madame, while the other role-plays Madame's murder.

SMU Theatre students and alumni involved in The Maids includes:
Susanna Batres '14 MFA, Actor
Afomia Hailemeskel '13, Sound Designer
Emilee Kyle '12, Costume Designer
Isaac McGinley '12, Set Designer
Jakeem Powell '14, Stage Manager
Steven Smith '14, Actor
Alia Tavakolian '12, Actor
Piper Werle '12, Director

“With outstanding actors and a stellar design team, we are excited to put everything we’ve learned into practice in our first independent production outside of the university,” says director Piper Werle (B.F.A. Theatre ’12 ). “We are excited to work on such an extraordinary text.

“At its heart, this story is about wanting a better life. In our culture, we are told to make that life for ourselves. Yet that life is more a dream than a reality for people born into poverty or an oppressive culture. Genet fell into the latter group. The Maids explores the blurred lines of reality and imagination, and the danger of crossing those lines.”

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