The fourth season of acclaimed international theatre programming by ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage continues with the South African Baxter Theatre Centre's Mies Julie. Performances take place Nov. 30-Dec. 8, 2013 at The Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage (559 Washington Street. in Boston's Theatre District). Tickets, from $25 -$89, are on sale now at www.artsemerson.org or by phone at 617-824-8400.
South African-born and internationally acclaimed director Yael Farber sets her explosive new adaptation of Strindberg's classic Miss Julie in the smoldering kitchen of a remote estate 18 years after the end of apartheid. In a brutal and tender single night, we witness the shifting dynamics between 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 in a deadly battle over power, sexuality, memory, mothers and 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.
The Baxter Theatre Centre is a vibrant, multicultural entertainment hub in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. Nestled under the striking Devil's Peak mountain and at the foot of the University of Cape Town, the Baxter boasts a world-class theatre and concert hall, as well as a studio stage, rehearsal rooms, offices, a restaurant and bars and an impressive spacious foyer.
Built in 1976, the Baxter was a pillar of hope during the apartheid era. By leveraging its strong relationship with UCT, the theatre was able to present multiracial, progressive work at a time when all other non-racial interactivity was banned or censored. The first interracial kiss ever on a South African stage took place during the Baxter's first production of Miss Julie in 1985, while today our version of Mies Julie storms theatres all around the world.
Nov. 30 -Dec. 8, 2013
Baxter Theatre Centre (South Africa)
Written and Directed by Yael Farber
Based on Miss Julie by August Strindberg
Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage
Saturday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7, post-matinee discussion
Responding to themes in Mies Julie
The post-show panel discussion after the Dec. 7 matinee will address the themes of the play and how they resonate in the City of Boston. Details on panelists, location and event time are forthcoming.