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Strindberg’s Miss Julie Heads South

The August Strindberg Repertory Company will stage a new production of Miss Julie at the Gene Frankel Theatre In New York, October 24 – November 8.

Strindberg’s controversial play is transported from the Swedish countryside at Midsummer to an antebellum Louisiana plantation. The landowner’s daughter has just broken off her engagement. It’s Mardi Gras; she and the master’s black butler John dance and drink at her insistence. Hearing roughneck field hands coming, they hide in his room — and have sex — while these rowdies vandalize the house in a never-before-performed ballet sequence devised by Strindberg!

Julie and John plan to flee for New Orleans, take a steamer and open a hotel in Jamaica. She steals her father’s cash box to pay for the trip, but their plan is thwarted when John’s fiancee Christine the cook announces that she will tell the stable boy on her way to church not to let any horses out until the Master is back!

After a preview on Tuesday, October 21, the play opens Friday, October 24 with performances Tuesday-Saturday at 8:00 and Sunday matinee at 1:30 (no performance on Halloween). The Gene Frankel Theatre is located at 24 Bond Street in New York. Tickets available online.