Classical Theatre Company begins its 2012-2013 season with a production of Miss Julie, a landmark play by August Strindberg. This year marks the centennial of the acclaimed Swedish playwright's death, but the themes of his naturalist works are as provocative now as they were when originally staged. (Think of Strindberg as the Swedish equivalent of Anton Chekhov or Henrik Ibsen.)
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The play's title character is a young woman of privilege and wealth, but her aristocratic pedigree gives her no satisfaction in life. Rather, the strict code of behavior she must abide by creates a restless energy that leads to a shocking end. The narrative takes place on a midsummer night. The servants of an estate are having a party, and Miss Julie, the owner's daughter, mingles with her father’s employees. She persuades Jean, the estate's valet, to dance with her. In a world where the slightest gesture or misplaced glance can cause a scandal, the simple waltz doesn't go unnoticed. During the night, Jean admits to Miss Julie that, as a boy, he had crept into her garden. The allusion to the Garden of Eden is fitting; Miss Julie is a player in someone else’s garden, and breaking the rules will have disastrous result.
Wednesdays-Sundays; Mon., Oct. 8; Oct. 11-14. Starts: Sept. 26. Continues through Oct. 7, 2012