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Jean Genet

JEAN GENET   (1910 - 1986)

Nationality:   French    Email:   n/a   Website:   n/a

Literary Agent:  Rosica Colin Ltd  

Jean Genet was born in Paris in 1910. An illegitimate child who never knew his parents, he was abandoned to the Public Assistance Authorities. He was ten when he was sent to a reformatory for stealing; thereafter he spent time in the prisons of nearly every country he visited in thirty years of prowling through the European underworld. With ten convictions for theft in France to his credit he was, the eleventh time, condemned to life imprisonment. Eventually he was granted a pardon by President Auriol as a result of appeals from France's leading artists and writers led by Jean Cocteau.

Adaptation / Translations of Plays by Jean Genet

BERNARD FRECHTMAN  

Balcony, The

1st Produced:

- - -

- - -

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

Faber and Faber, London, 1958

ISBN/ASIN:

978-0571045952

Music:

-

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

9

Female

4

Parts other:

extras

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Balcony, The

set in a brothel in the midst of a revolution that has wiped out all the real holders of power except the Chief of Police who now enacts the customers fantasies

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TERRY HANDS  

Balcony, The

1st Produced:

Aldwych Theatre, London >>>

1971

Organisations:

RSC

1st Published:

Faber and Faber, London, 1991

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#15404

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

16

Female

8

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet. Translated by Terry Hands and Barbara Wright

Synopsis:

set in a brothel in the midst of a revolution that has wiped out all the real holders of power except the Chief of Police who now enacts the customers fantasies

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JEAN-CLAUDE VAN ITALLIE  

Balcony, The

1st Produced:

Cambridge, Massachusetts

1985

Organisations:

American Repertory Company

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#35374

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Genre:

translation/adaptation

Parts:

Male

7

Female

5

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

The madame and VIP clients of a kinky brothel take over the country -- or do they? "Again and again we allow ourselves to be seduced by glamorous larger-than-life erotic images - political, religious, cultural, and commercial 'stars.' The more we worship these, give over our emotional centers to them, the bigger they grow while we grow smaller and our power diminishes." J-CvI

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BARBARA VANN  

Balcony, The

1st Produced:

Medicine Show Theatre, NY, USA >>>

2007

Organisations:

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#63625

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

10

Female

6

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

controversial portrait of power and intimacy, The Balcony is set in an unnamed monarchy on the brink of a bloody revolution. But life is sweet at the Grand Balcony, a brothel and 'palace of illusions' where men come to indulge their secret fantasies. Inside, the Madame and her girls assist customers in play-acting a variety of roles: a judge inflicting punishment on a beautiful thief, a bishop dealing with a sinner, a general meditating on his relationship with his horse (played by a bridled actress). Fantasy and reality become intertwined when the exploding revolution claims the lives of the country's leaders and the Police Chief replaces them with their counterparts from the brothel
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BARBARA WRIGHT  

Balcony, The

1st Produced:

Aldwych Theatre, London >>>

1971

Organisations:

RSC

1st Published:

Faber and Faber, London, 1991

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#38229

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

16

Female

8

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet. Translated by Terry Hands and Barbara Wright

Synopsis:

set in a brothel in the midst of a revolution that has wiped out all the real holders of power except the Chief of Police who now enacts the customers fantasies

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BERNARD FRECHTMAN  

Blacks, The

1st Produced:

- - -

- - -

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

Samuel French, NY,

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

9

Female

5

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

in a play within a play accused coloured players re-enact the ritualistic murder of a white before a jury of white masked black men

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ROBERT DAVID MACDONALD  

Blacks, The

1st Produced:

Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London >>>

2007

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#71725

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

9

Female

4

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

The Queen comes to a Command Performance at Theatre Royal Stratford East. But DJ Excalibah and his company of rappers, poets and comedians serve up an entertainment that is nothing like any Royal Variety Show ever seen before!

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BERNARD FRECHTMAN  

Deathwatch

1st Produced:

- - -

- - -

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

Faber and Faber, London,

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

3

Female

4

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

Further Reference:

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DAVID RUDKIN  

Deathwatch

1st Produced:

London

1987

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#30326

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Genre:

1h 30m Adaptation

Parts:

Male

3

Female

4

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

Two men share a prison cell with a notorious killer. One is in love with him. One wants to become him. Four female actors explore Jean Genets Deathwatch in the U.S. premiere of Obie winning playwright David Rudkins translation.

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NIGEL WILLIAMS  

Deathwatch

1st Produced:

Birmingham Rep, Birmingham, UK >>>

1985

Organisations:

Foco Novo Theatre Company

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#37285

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

4

Female

0

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet. UK Tour and Young Vic , London

Synopsis:

Further Reference:

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ALAN CUMMING  

Elle

1st Produced:

Zipper Theatre, New York

18 Jul 2002

Organisations:

The Art Party

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

A young photographer is to take an official photograph of the Pope. The Pope wants the photograph to be of him sitting on his chamber pot

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NEIL BARTLETT  

Maids, The

1st Produced:

Brighton, Old Ship Hotel

2007

Organisations:

Fairbanks Productions and Play On Words Theatre

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#68467

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

3

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

claustrophobic three-hander, with its power-plays, lesbian incest and homicide

Further Reference:

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BENEDICT ANDREWS  

Maids, The

1st Produced:

Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

04 Jun 2013

Organisations:

Sydney Theatre company

1st Published:

I don't think it has been published. Try emailing Playwright or Agent where listed at top of page.

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

doollee no

#155949

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Genre:

translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

3

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet. Translated by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton

Synopsis:

Two maids, Claire (Cate Blanchett) and Solange (Isabelle Huppert) indulge in sexual fantasies, taking turns playing the role of their mistress (Elizabeth Debicki) who has enslaved them. Both maids dream of freedom but do either of them have the nerve to actually kill their mistress when she returns? The Maids is an adaptation by Andrew Upton and Benedict Andrews of the 1947 play by Jean Genet which is loosely based on a real life murder, carried out by maids. Genet was quite the devious individual himself. He was made a ward of the state before he was one year old and became a thief and prostitute during his early adult life. Jean-Paul Sartre read one of his first novels, and lobbied for his release from life in prison, declaring him a thug of genius. So began Genets career as a writer. The Maids is both a piece of absurdist theatre and a psychological character study. This house is the maids life. They know the outside world only in shadowy fragments. They are simultaneously grateful for the kindness of their mistress and repulsed by the way she has enslaved them .

Further Reference:

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MARTIN CRIMP  

Maids, The

1st Produced:

Young Vic Theatre, London >>>

1999

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

Faber and Faber, London, 1999

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

3

Female

4

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

the fantasies of two maids who are sisters as they enact their vicious charade

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BERNARD FRECHTMAN  

Maids, The

1st Produced:

New Lindsay, London

05 Jun 1956

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

Faber and Faber, London,

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

3

Female

4

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet (Les Bonnes)

Synopsis:

In The Maids, the sisters do not succeed in their ghastly mission as the real Papin sisters did. Instead, we see Claire playacting as the despised madame-blond wig, red velvet dress and all-and Solange pretending to be Claire, preparing to kill her. They get so wrapped up in the details of their hatred, however, that they run out of time to simulate the act. In real life, Solange once attempted to kill their condescending, unsympathetic madame but failed, and once the game of make believe is over and the madame returns, it will be Claire's turn to try. Claire also fails, so in the end she kills herself with the same poisoned cup of tea meant for madame.
- Janice Cane, dctheatrescene

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JEAN GENET  

Maids, The

1st Produced:

La MaMa E.T.C., 82 Second Avenue on the second floor, NY, USA >>>

21 Oct 1964

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#77189

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Genre:

n/a

Parts:

Male

-

Female

0

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

n/a

Further Reference:

-


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DAVID RUDKIN  

Maids, The

1st Produced:

London

1987

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#30332

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

3

Female

4

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

Further Reference:

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ANDREW UPTON  

Maids, The

1st Produced:

Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

04 Jun 2013

Organisations:

Sydney Theatre company

1st Published:

I don't think it has been published. Try emailing Playwright or Agent where listed at top of page.

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#155950

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Genre:

translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

3

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet. Translated by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton

Synopsis:

Two maids, Claire (Cate Blanchett) and Solange (Isabelle Huppert) indulge in sexual fantasies, taking turns playing the role of their mistress (Elizabeth Debicki) who has enslaved them. Both maids dream of freedom but do either of them have the nerve to actually kill their mistress when she returns? The Maids is an adaptation by Andrew Upton and Benedict Andrews of the 1947 play by Jean Genet which is loosely based on a real life murder, carried out by maids. Genet was quite the devious individual himself. He was made a ward of the state before he was one year old and became a thief and prostitute during his early adult life. Jean-Paul Sartre read one of his first novels, and lobbied for his release from life in prison, declaring him a thug of genius. So began Genets career as a writer. The Maids is both a piece of absurdist theatre and a psychological character study. This house is the maids life. They know the outside world only in shadowy fragments. They are simultaneously grateful for the kindness of their mistress and repulsed by the way she has enslaved them .

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HANDAN OZBILGIN  

Maids 3:3337, The

1st Produced:

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY

16 Feb 2011

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#124943

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Genre:

40 min Piece

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

Comprised of both LaGuardia Community College students and professional actors, Maids 3:337 is an innovative theater production conceived and directed by Handan Ozbilgin. The second installment of this yearlong project hits the stages and backrooms of LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. What will you see at Maids 3:337?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.
- nytheatre.com

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HANDAN OZBILGIN  

MAIDS 4:39N

1st Produced:

Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

06 Oct 2010

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#119877

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Genre:

Play/Drama

Parts:

Male

-

Female

3

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

Based on Jean Genet's The Maids, MAIDS 4:39N is an innovative theater production conceived and directed by Handan Ozbilgin. During this year-long project, the audience will experience the workshop processin four "easy" installments. Comprised of both LaGuardia Community College students and professional actors, MAIDS 4:39N is a pulsating theater piece that gives the audience a window into the "process." STEP 1: The garage of the Flux Factory. The cast is composed of 3 actresses from 3 different backgrounds: Middle Eastern, American, and Greek.
- nytheatre.com

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HOWARD BRENTON  

Screens, The

1st Produced:

Bristol

1973

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

doollee no

#4558

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

6

Female

3

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

epic panorama on a theme of Eastern fantasies

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BERNARD FRECHTMAN  

Screens, The

1st Produced:

- - -

- - -

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

Faber and Faber, London, 1963

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#12581

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

6

Female

3

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

epic panorama on a theme of Eastern fantasies

Further Reference:

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PAUL SCHMIDT  

Screens, The

1st Produced:

Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Ave, NY

03 Mar 2010

Organisations:

Columbia Stages

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#111982

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

26 actors

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

A 26-member cast of actors, artists, musicians and dancers re-imagine Jean Genet's last work, The Screensa poetic combustion so strong and dense that it will illuminate the world of the dead." Welcome to a world in which becoming a hero is the worst of all fates and betrayal the ultimate triumph. The Screens, set during the Algerian War, is a sharply humorous exorcism of today's taboos seen through Genet's subversive glee. This show is presented by Columbia University School of the Arts, Theatre Arts Program.
- nytheatre.com

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MAUREEN HUSKEY  

Splendid Death, A

1st Produced:

Calarts School of Theater, Valencia, CA

09 Mar 2012

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#157912

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

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Parts other:

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Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

Seven gangsters are hiding in an hotel which is surrounded by police

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NEIL BARTLETT  

Splendid's

1st Produced:

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London >>>

1995

Organisations:

n/a

1st Published:

I don't think it has been published. Try emailing Playwright or Agent where listed at top of page.

ISBN/ASIN:

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Music:

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

0

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Genet

Synopsis:

Further Reference:

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