To call projectmaids theater is limiting; projectmaids is a four part series inspired by Jean Genet’s Maids. Following each of the productions, Turkish/American Director Handan Ozbilgin reboots the show with a new cast and a new location.
It bears repeating that projectmaids is site specific and actor specific. In part one, Handan took 25 lines of Jean Genet’s original text and created an interactive theater experience at The Flux Factory in Long Island City. By the end of Maids 4:39N the audience is transformed from their roles as passive viewer to active participant; crossing over to the ranks of the actors, Maids and Madames.
As an artist, Handan breaks down a piece of work in order to find the starting point. She finds her essence. Handan’s previous projects include a riff on Chekhov’s Three Sisters and a multimedia production incorporating the love poetry of Rumi.
Limited to 6 audience members for each performance, Maids 3:337 explores loading docks, elevators, ritual ceremonies, and the power dynamics between master and servant. With maids as a guide, the audience must decide who is the real Madame.