The Swedish master's controversial chamber play about sex and class will be directed by Mark Jackson, who staged Aurora's Salome, nominated for five Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards — and winner of Best Production and Choreography. According to Aurora notes, "Written in 1888 and called shocking by early critics, Miss Julie, coupled one of August Strindberg's favorite themes, the battle between the sexes, with an incisive portrayal of lust, class, and power. Miss Julie [Lauren Grace] is the volatile daughter of a count. During the intoxication of a midsummer's eve celebration, she attempts to escape the confines of aristocracy and flirts shamelessly with one of her servants, Jean [played by Phillips], whom she eventually seduces. What begins as a playful contest for control rapidly escalates into an erotic dance of sexual politics and class warfare."
Strindberg (1849-12) wrote more than 70 plays, novels, short stories, and studies of Swedish history. His works for the stage include The Outlaw (1871); Master Olof (1872); Lucky Peter's Travels (1882); The Father (1887); Miss Julie (1888); Comrades (1888); Creditors (1888); To Damascus, (trilogy, 1898-1902); Gustav Vasa (1899); Erik XIV (1899); The Dance of Death (1900); Easter (1900); Carl XII (1901); A Dream Play (1901); Swan Blood (1902); The Chamber Plays (The Storm, The Burned Site, The Pelican, The Ghost Sonata, 1907); and The Great Highway (1909).
Aurora Theatre Company is located at 2081 Addison Street in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District. For tickets and more information ($28-$50) call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org.