South African Mies Julie Debuts at St. Ann's Warehouse New Space Nov. 8

By Adam Hetrick
November 8, 2012

St. Ann's Warehouse inaugurates its new Brooklyn home at 29 Jay Street Nov. 8 with the American premiere of Mies Julie, from South Africa's Baxter Theatre Centre, which offers a new take on August Strindberg's Miss Julie.



Yael Farber adapted and directs the drama that played to acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival earlier this year. Mies Julie officially opens Nov. 12 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.

The production features sound design and music written and performed live on stage by the brothers Daniel Pencer and Matthew Pencer. Xhosa musician Tandiwe Nofirst Lungisa sings and plays multiple instruments, and figures as a ghostly ancestral presence in the cast, according to St. Ann's. Set and lighting are by Patrick Curtis with costumes by Birrie le Roux.

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