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MSU Theatre Arts Program Presents Strindberg's 'Miss Julie'

Minot State University Theatre Arts Program presents an adaptation of August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” April 8 through 12 in the MSU Black Box Theater at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

This special production of Strindberg’s “Miss Julie,” directed by Aili Smith, MSU assistant professor of humanities, is a unique adaptation project undertaken with her father, Conrad Davidson, MSU dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Set in the late 1880s, “Miss Julie” is a dark, lusty tale of control, manipulation, betrayal and the dramatic dynamics of power that exist between the classes and the sexes.  Like the old adage “… while the cat is away, the mice will play,” Miss Julie (Christine Morse), the wild and capricious daughter of a Swedish count who is away visiting relatives, falls prey to her own uncensored impulses, as she sets upon the seduction of her father’s valet, Jean (Daniel Johnson), while Jean’s fiancé, the count’s cook, Christine (Corie Burck,), is asleep. When flirtation gives way to lust, and reason gives way to passion, Miss Julie finds herself perilously positioned in this dramatic tragedy set upon a Swedish Midsummer’s Eve, “… a night of innocent games.”

 “As director,” Smith said “my goal is to truly provide a naturalistic and realistic production, while maintaining a contemporary feel through the dialogue.”

For tickets, contact the MSU theater box office at 858-3172. Admission is $6 adults and $5 for seniors and students under 18.  MSU students, faculty and staff are free with current MSU ID.  This production contains language and themes that may not be suitable for all ages. Mature audiences are advised.  Due to limited seating, reservations are strongly encouraged.

For questions, contact Smith at 858-3865 or

Published: 03/28/14

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