Banned in 1888 for its controversial look at sexual roles and politics, August Strindberg's Miss Julie opens Jan. 15 at the Actors Theatre Of Louisville (ATL) and will be directed by acclaimed director Anne Bogart. She will be using a contemporary translation and adaptation of the play by Helen Cooper.
Bogart's most recent assignment was directing Going, Going, Gone for their 20th Humana Festival of New American Plays. Bogart has won two Obies and a Bessie Award and has worked extensively with NY's En Garde Arts troupe.
Miss Julie takes place on a summer's eve when the young woman's father is out of town. She drinks and dances with the servants and seduces her dad's valet, Jean. Julie's gameplaying and Jean's ambition and bitterness lead to tragedy.
Featured in the cast are Ellen Lauren (Julie), Jefferson Mays (Jean) and Kelly Maurer (Christine), all members of Bogart's Saratoga International Theatre Institute. Monica Bueno, Kim Gainer, Eric Keith, Anne Marie Nest, Tommy Schrider and Danny Seckel round out the cast.
ATL resident designers Paul Owen (set), Marcia Dixcy Jory (costumes), Mark J. Bissonnette (props) and guest designers Mimi Jordan Sherin (lighting) and Darron L. West (sound) will create the mise-en-scene. The Actors Theatre Of Louisville, now in its 33rd season, also offers the Brown-Forman Classics In Context Festival and Flying Solo & Friends performances. For more information about ATL, please see Playbill On Line's recent story about the 1997 Humana Festival.
For tickets ($16-$27) and information on Miss Julie, which runs at the Actors Theatre Of Louisville through Jan. 26, call (502) 584-1205.
--By David Lefkowitz