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NYC Premiere
Thu & Fri, Sep 24 & 25, Oct 1 & 2 — 7pm
Sat & Sun, Sep 26 & 27, Oct 3 & 4 — 3pm
Sat, Oct 3 — 7pm (performance added)
New Museum Theater

Installation: Sep 23–Oct 4

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American writer, choreographer, and director Jack Ferver and American visual artist Marc Swanson take Jean Genet’s The Maids as a point of departure for a farcical and haunting attack on our culture of celebrity and greed.

Ferver refracts Genet through many lenses, including the gruesome facts of the real-life murders that inspired The Maids; Lady Gaga’s infamous courtroom deposition speech; role-play; and a manic fantasy escape to the City of Lights.

Swanson’s mythic and evocative sculptures—on view as an installation during museum hours—function as both freestanding art and a theatrical set. Ferver is joined by performers Jacob Slominski and Michelle Mola in an exquisite and outrageous performance that asks not how such a violent thing could have happened, but why things like this don't happen more often.

For mature audiences only.

Written & Choreographed by Jack Ferver
Installation by Marc Swanson
Performed by Jack Ferver, Michelle Mola, and Jacob Slominski
Costumes by Reid Bartelme
Music & Sound Installation by Roarke Menzies


About Jack Ferver

Jack Ferver (b. 1979, US) is an actor, director, writer, and choreographer. He is co-founder of QWAN Company, and his shows with them, Swan!!! and Notes!!!, have been seen at PS122 and regionally. His original plays include Rumble Ghost (PS122), Me, Michelle (MAD), and All of a Sudden (Abrons Arts Center). He has also presented work at New York venues including the New Museum, Performa 11, Danspace Project, Abrons Arts Center, and Dixon Place. His work has been written about in the New York Times, Financial Times, New Yorker, ArtForum, Modern Painters, Time Out New York, New York Post, Boston Globe, and Dance magazine. As an actor, he has appeared in the films Gayby, Shortcut to Happiness and Outside Providence, and on television in The Big C, Strangers with Candy and Law and Order. He teaches at Bard College and New York University, and has set choreography at The Juilliard School. He last performed at FIAF during Crossing the Line 2012.


About Marc Swanson

Marc Swanson (b. 1969, US) is a visual artist who works in sculpture, drawing, video, photography, and installation. His work has been widely shown nationally and internationally at institutions such as The Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), PS 1/MoMA (NYC), The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Richard Gray Gallery (NYC), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City) St. Louis Museum of Art (St. Louis), Saatchi Gallery (London), Tensta Konstall (Stockholm). His work has been written about in The New York Times, ArtForum, The New Yorker, Art in America, TimeOut New York, TimeOut Chicago, V Magazine, and Vice Magazine.



Co-presented with the New Museum as part of the R&D Season: PERSONA
Image: Chambre © Julieta Cervantes

Ticket Prices
FIAF Members $15
New Museum Members $15
Non-Members $20

New Museum Theater
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

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