Mr. Strindberg, I'm Ready for My Close-Up: Miss Julie Goes Hollywood in Off-Bway Reworking, Aug. 7-31

News   Mr. Strindberg, I'm Ready for My Close-Up: Miss Julie Goes Hollywood in Off-Bway Reworking, Aug. 7-31 August Strindberg's searing naturalistic classic Miss Julie told a tale of class and sexual welfare in which Julie, the daughter of an aristocrat, sabotages her own future by dallying with her father's valet, who turns out to be an unscrupulous social opportunist.

Adapter and actress Julie Saad believes the straightened social structure of 19th century Sweden can be found today in Hollywood, where "being in the public eye can be like being in prison." In her adaptation of the Strindberg play — to be presented by Blush Productions at New York City's Common Basis Theatre in midtown, Aug. 7-31 — Julie is the daughter of a famous film director (say, Liza Minnelli?) who gets into hot water after seducing her own valet, all on the 4th of July in New York City. Saad will herself star in the piece, along with Jamie Askew and Bryen Luethy. Daniel Cohen directs. Tickets are $15. The Common Basis is located at 750 Eighth Avenue near 46th Street. Call (212) 868-4444.