Natalie Menna (Hedda), Mike Roche (Judge Brack) in “Hedda Gabler,” adapted and directed by Robert Greer, at Theater for the New City, 2022. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

Don’t miss a fresh take on classic drama, June 27 to July 7, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM. Theater for the New City is presenting August Strindberg Rep‘s production of “Miss Julie 1925,” a new adaptation by Robert Greer, a renowned translator and director.

Greer, who has a deep commitment to Scandinavian theater, transplants Strindberg’s social drama from its original 1888 Swedish manor house to a lavish Long Island estate in the heart of the Jazz Age. This Americanization places Strindberg’s themes of class struggle and societal hypocrisy squarely within the context of America’s own stratified social landscape of the 1920s.

The narrative centers on Julie, a headstrong young woman from a wealthy family, her engagement to a district attorney recently broken off. On a sweltering Fourth of July night, amidst a raging party, Julie engages in a flirtatious dance with Jean, her father’s butler, a complex interplay of attraction and power dynamics simmering beneath the surface. As the evening progresses, their encounter takes a dramatic turn, leading to a desperate escape attempt and a tragic resolution.

Natalie Menna, who impressed audiences as Hedda Gabler in a previous Strindberg Rep production, takes on the role of Julie. Mike Roche, last seen as Judge Brack in “Hedda Gabler,” portrays Jean, the ambitious butler. Rounding out the cast is Holly O’Brien as Christine, the cook and Jean’s fiancée.

This production boasts a team with extensive experience. Greer himself has staged over 18 Strindberg plays and brought contemporary Scandinavian works to English-speaking audiences. Menna is no stranger to Strindberg, having tackled lead roles in several of his plays at Theater for the New City. Both Roche and O’Brien bring impressive resumes to the table, with credits ranging from Off-Off-Broadway to regional productions.

“Miss Julie 1925” promises a captivating exploration of Strindberg’s enduring themes, recontextualized for a uniquely American setting. The production runs from June 27th to July 7th at Theater for the New City.

WHERE AND WHEN:
June 27 to July 7, 2024
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave (at E.10th Street)
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
$18 general admission; $15 seniors & students
Box office www.theaterforthenewcity.net – (212) 254-1109
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Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director

155 First Avenue
(between 9th and 10th Streets)
New York, NY 10003

(Via Jonathan Slaff)

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