Filth Can't Love Filth

based on The Maids, by Jean Genet


Directed by Vyacheslav Komarnitsky


Miss - Sharlee Taylor

Solange - Nastassia Maltsava

Claire - Sarah Paton*

Adapted by Nastassia Maltsava and Sharlee Taylor

Development dramaturge and editor - Katherine Wright

Dramaturge - Aida Rossi

Produced by Nastassia Maltsava and Bad Neighbour Theatre

Equity Approved Showcase.

*Equity Member appearing with permission of Actors’ Equity Association without benefit of an Equity contract in this Off-Off Broadway production.

First performed on February 2nd, 2018 at The Sonnet Theater, Producers Club, New York





The Maids  was written by Jean Genet in 1947, and in that very year it was first performed. Since then, it has been interpreted and re-interpreted many times, on stages around the world. For this reason, we have decided not to perform Genet's text, but to create a parallel story, which we have called "Filth Can't Love Filth". Here, the action takes place in contemporary Manhattan, where many people - though not necessarily called "maids" - work in private homes.

Two maids, Claire and Solange, rehearse the murder of their mistress, Miss. They live in her home. They receive a regular salary, and sometimes presents from her. Whence this overwhelming desire to kill? After all, Miss's murder cannot not go unpunished.

Claire and Solange are in love with pain. It is only in their rehearsals, giving and receiving pain from one another, that they can express themselves. They dream of causing pain to Miss, a woman of their own age - who is yet so far beyond their reach.

"Filth Can't Love Filth" is a story of three women. Two men appear in the house from time to time: Miss's Lover and the Milk Man. But we only hear about them. Miss is attracted to men, Claire to women, Solange to both women and men. And all these strains of attraction and repulsion mingle into a deadly cocktail...