Born to an upper class family and raised by her mother to be subservient to no man, the privileged Miss Julie wishes to step down from her social class and flirts with her father’s valet after her dominant behavior ruins her engagement to another member of the social elite.
Jean, the valet, born into a lower class, displays the potential and skill of an upper class man and wants to elevate his position. The ambitions of Jean and Miss Julie conflict as each struggles to gain the upper hand in a destructive relationship and somehow escape their trapped existences.
Now playing at the MainStage Theater, Miss Julie follows the young Miss Julie (Marissa Edwards ’16) as she and Jean (Wilfredo Amill ’18) embark on this dark game of tug-of-war in a play exploring social class, circumstance of birth, gender roles, and feminism. Written by August Strindberg (and updated in 2005 with a modern translation by playwright Craig Lucas), director Ken Marini’s version of the play promises “passion, sexual tension, violence, and rage,” said Edwards.
“Their society didn't support their views, and when you try to fight popular opinion, others don't like it,” she said. “It's a big issue even now, maybe not so much with class, but race, or religion, or even where one comes from.”
Miss Julie runs through this weekend at the MainStage Theater in Spruance Fine Arts Center.
October 16, 17 at 8 p.m.
October 17, 18 at 2 p.m.
Free for Arcadia Students with ID
General Admission $15
Seniors 65+, Children 12 and under, and Alumni $10
Non-Arcadia Student with ID $5
Tickets may be purchased at the door or through Ticketleap.