Miss Julie To Show At The Modern Theatre

Posted September 6, 2016 by Brian Keaney in Theater & Arts
Miss Julie hits the stage this month. Photo courtesy of Modern Theatre.

The summer may be coming to an end, but theater goers can witness what happens on one more steamy night during a limited run of August Strindberg’s masterpiece, Miss Julie. Set over the course of a single evening on midsummer’s eve, the the Harbor Stage Company’s production explores how illicit sexual tensions between members of different social strata can wreak havoc.

Fitting for a production set in the hottest month of the year, the show comes to The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University from Cape Cod, where it was produced during tourist season. Original cast members and Harbor Stage Company cofounders Stacy Fischer, Jonathan Fielding, and Brenda Withers star.

Miss Julie, played by Withers, the daughter of a Swedish nobleman, and Jon, her father’s enigmatic valet, rapidly turn a flirtation into a consummation that ends with a Shakespearean flourish reminiscent of another pair of star crossed lovers. Jon, the hired hand, is played by Fielding, and is joined onstage by Fisher as Christine the cook. Set in the aristocrat’s kitchen, Christine provides balance as a servant who is content with her station in life, unlike Jon. When it was first produced in 19th century Scandinavia, the play was branded as “shocking,” “crude,” and “immoral,” and was banned from several European nations until World War II.

The Harbor Stage Company recently completed it’s fifth season on Cape Cod as an artist run operation out of the Harbor Stage in Welfleet. Their mission is to promote the legacy of live theater performances on the Outer Cape by producing “great shows at affordable prices for the right reason.” With the artists also serving as administrators, box office ticket sellers, and fundraisers, they strive to prioritize the artistic process. It is one of the nation’s only completely artist run professional theaters.

“For five seasons we’ve been honing our experiment at the Harbor, using an artist-run operation, repertory acting company, and affordable ticket pricing to build a fierce aesthetic and engaged audience,” artistic director Robert Kropf said in a statement. “We know not everyone can catch us on the Cape — not least because our growing community makes it tough to get a ticket in our intimate space. Bringing ‘Miss Julie’ to the Modern allows us to make a broader audience familiar with our company, its mission, and this beautiful play’s powerful commentary on class struggle.”

The show runs at the Modern from September 15th through 17th, and then again from the 21st through 24th, at 7:30 p.m.  Matinees will be performed of the 18th and 25th of the month at 2:00 p.m.