Renowned Swedish playwright August Strindberg died 100 years ago, in 1912. As part of Bay Area celebrations commemorating this anniversary, Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford Summer Theater (SST), the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Theater & Performance Studies and the Residential Arts Program join forces to mount an exciting new production of Strindberg’s revolutionary play, Miss Julie, directed by SST Artistic Director Rush Rehm. With its extraordinary attention to psychological nuance, and uncompromising honesty, Miss Julie asks why desire is so powerfully tied to the unobtainable, and forces us to confront how economic and social class feed our fantasies of erotic release and personal fulfillment. Written nearly 125 years ago, Miss Julie remains one of the most provocative plays ever written. Nothing overtly shocking happens onstage—no nudity, no blood, not a single explosion or shot fired. Only three characters in a kitchen, and yet by the end of an hour we feel as though we’ve looked into the core of the human psyche. Join us as we celebrate Strindberg in the only way he would have understood—in the theater, with his masterful Miss Julie.
The performances will be followed by a panel discussion with Bjorn Meidal, the world’s leading authority on Strindberg, and Myra Strober, Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford and founding director of the Stanford Institute for Research on Women and Gender. On October 15, Irvin Yalom, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emeritus, will join Meidal and Strober. Both discussions will be moderated by Rush Rehm.
Monday and Tuesday, October 15 and 16
Roble Hall Residence Theater
374 Santa Teresa Street
FREE; no registration is required, but seating is limited
Free and open to public