by August Strindberg (1888).
(Swedish: Fröken Julie) is a naturalistic play written in 1888. Strindberg completed it in 1888 and staged its first production in 1889. The play, written in Swedish, was published in expurgated form in Copenhagen in 1889 by Joseph Seligmann (1836-1904), a Swedish publisher. The deleted passages have since been restored. The first production in Stockholm took place in November 1906, at The People's Theatre, with Sacha Sjöström as Kristin, Manda Björling as Miss Julie, and August Falck as Jean.
South African Productions
Miss Julie (Bobby Heaney, 1985)
In 1985 Bobby Heaney directed a controversial production of the play, in which the servants Jean (John) and Kirstin (Christine) are black and Miss Julie is a white landowner's daughter. It starred the leading Black actor of the time, John Kani, and Sandra Prinsloo, the leading White Afrikaans actress of her generation, and Natie Rulia. The play premiered in 1985 at Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, then went on to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, where it met with huge opposition and controversy, including a staged walkout by right-wing Afrikaners on the opening night, and death threats made against the actress. It also visited Edinburgh Festival. A TV film version of this production was made in 1986, with the same cast and directed by Bobby Heaney and Finnish director, Mikael Wahlforss. It was filmed in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa and released on the 29 May 1986 in Finland.
Mies Julie (Yael Farber, 2012-2013)
A landmark revival of the 1985 production, entitled Mies Julie, subtitled: Restitutions of Body and Soil Since The Bantu Land Act No. 27 of 1913 and The Immorality Act No. 5 of 1927
Based on the play Miss Julie by August Strindberg, the new text was written and directed by Yael Farber Presented by The Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town in association with the South African State Theatre
Music composed by Daniel Pencer and Matthew Pencer, Music performed by: Brydon Bolton, Mark Fransmanand Tandiwe Nofirst Lungisa (singer and musician). Set and Lighting Design by Patrick Curtis, original Lighting Design by Paul Abrams and Costumes by Birrie le Roux.
This production played to great acclaim at the Baxter Theatre, the Edinburgh Assembly Fringe Festival in Scotland, the State Theatre in Pretoria, St Ann's Warehouse in New York, the Market Theatre in Johannesburg and the Riverside Studios in London between July 2012 and July 2013. It has garnered numerous awards in the same period.
Pat Schwartz, 19**
19/06/2013 - Artslink News
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