I'm not entirely sure when I'll have the pleasure of working with this talented young woman again, but I'm so glad I had the opportunity to partner with her so often this semester. Some of our projects have proved to be "interesting" - we find the most fun by exploring possibilities.
I had the honor of not only designing the posters for this performance, but also the program as you see above. In addition, I photographed the dress rehearsal (the images can be viewed below).
Miss Julie, despite the assumed innocence surrounding its name, rakes between one's ribs and skins one's humanity. It centers on a count's daughter and valet as they grapple with having slept together. Rebeca Robles depicts Miss Julie's graceful descent into insanity as the shallow honor giving her a posture of superiority is swept from beneath her feet. Meanwhile, Jean, expertly played by Alex Heath, a servant in Miss Julie's house, fluctuates between desire, power, and fear as he seeks to rise within the world and uses Miss Julie in order to perceive that he has. Brooke Butterworth, cast as Kristin, brings the strict mindset of the times to the stage. While Miss Julie is swept away with dreams of escape and happiness and Jean with ownership and power, Kristin enters to punctuate the hopelessness of their case. The count returns home and the entire play, which has been a discussion of seeking freedom, is erased as Miss Julie and Jean find themselves still unprepared to face reality. As a result, they bend to the master of fear.
This performance, done in the round, spins a magic over the audience that captivated and horrified. The script offers raw truth in regards to desire and fear presented under the guises of class and gender conflict. I have yet to encounter a play so moving as this; there is no hero or villain, only humans. If the audience attempts to judge who is right and who is wrong, they end up judging themselves.