By Adam Hetrick
12 Nov 2012
Yael Farber adapted and directs the drama that played to acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival earlier this year. Mies Julie began previews Nov. 8 for a run through Dec. 2 in Dumbo. It premiered at the National Arts Festival, in Grahamstown, South Africa.
Here's how it's billed: "In the smoldering kitchen of a remote estate 18 years after the end of apartheid, a single night, both brutal and tender, unfolds among a black farm laborer, his 'master's' daughter, and the woman who has raised them both. The visceral struggles of contemporary South Africa are revealed as a deadly attraction spirals out of control between John and Julie who battle over power, sexuality, mothers and the land. Haunting and violent, intimate and heartbreaking, the struggles take place among the characters and with their ancestors, laying bare questions of what restitution and freedom can really mean and what losses can and cannot ever be recovered."
Mies Julie features Bongile Mantsai as John, Hilda Cronje as Julie and Thoko Ntshinga as Christine.