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  • Sep 03, 2014

Theatre Coup d’Etat To Stage August Strindberg’s Classic Play Miss Julie at the American Swedish Institute

Ivey-Award Winning Troupe Will Perform In The Historic Turnblad Mansion Ballroom

October 1 - 26 

MINNEAPOLIS — Originally banned in multiple countries, Strindberg’s classic Miss Julie is an examination of power in all its various manifestations.  Set on Midsummer’s Eve, Miss Julie thrusts the audience into the wild upheaval of the celebration and hot summer night. Strindberg fearlessly tackles the forever raging battle of the sexes while also hitting upon class, love, and even lust, in this 90 minute tour-de-force by Sweden’s best-known playwright.

Produced by Theatre Coup d’Etat and directed by Peter Beard, winner of the 2013 Ivey Award for “Best Directing” of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Miss Julie will be staged in the historic Turnblad Mansion Ballroom at the American Swedish Institute.

The show stars Kelly Nelson as Miss Julie, Ivey Award winner James Napoleon Stone as Jean and Brie Roland in the role of Christine.  

Similar to Strindberg’s famed Intima Teatern in Stockholm, the historic Turnblad Mansion Ballroom at the American Swedish Institute seats just 65 patrons, allowing the audience to become completely immersed in story, set and scene.

“With bold themes of class and sexual identity politics, Miss Julie is as relevant today as it was when it was first produced. Our modern ideas of these issues are certainly different than that of late 19th century Sweden, and when watching or reading this play, we could easily delude ourselves into thinking that things have changed. We may have convinced ourselves that we’ve made great strides in the equalization of treatment of women and breaking down gender barriers, but all it takes is a closer look to realize that we still have a long way to go in addressing these inequalities.   Miss Julie brings these imbalances to lightand it is my hope that producing this play for a contemporary audience will force us to continue these centuries-old conversations that seem to be conveniently forgotten from time to time," says Beard.

This summer, Beard served as ASI Artist-In-Residence, interpreting  Strindberg’s  work for museum visitors through   theater performances.  Choreographer Sally Rousse and local theater innovator Noah Bremer, also staged the premier dance-theater work KOM HIT! to sold-out audiences in July. KOM HIT!immersed audiences in a modern reimagining of Strindberg’s world as they followed characters from room to room throughout the historic Turnblad Mansion.

ASI’s fall exhibit The Image of Strindberg, is a rare and intimate look at Strindberg, the Swedish poet, playwright, author and visual artist.  The Image of Strindberg features 32 framed photographs and modern prints, as well as original artworks and examples of Strindberg’s poetry, scripts, plays and performances brought to life at the historic Turnblad Mansion, culminating in a production of Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie by Theatre Coup d’Etat. 

The exhibition is produced by Fotografiska, The Swedish Museum of Photography. The Image of Strindberg is on view at the American Swedish Institute through October 26, 2014.

 Kelly Nelson, James Napoleon Stone, and Brie Roland star in Theatre Coup d'Etat's production of Miss Julie at the American Swedish Institute.

ASI presents August Strindberg’s Miss Julie by Theatre Coup d'Etat

October 1 – 26

 

TICKETS: $25 ASI members/$30 general public.

PRIX FIXE PACKAGES: (available October 17 and 24; includes three course dinner by the award-winning team at FIKA and one ticket to show): $95 ASI members/$100 general public.

FOR TICKETS: call 612-871-4907 or register online at ASImn.org. 

PREVIEW SHOWS (“pay what you can” and seating is first come, first served)

Monday, September 29 (7:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, Sept. 30 (7:30 p.m.)

PRODUCTION RUN (Click date for tickets)

Wednesday, October 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Thursday, October 2 (7:30 p.m.)
Friday, October 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, October 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, October 5 (5 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Thursday, October 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Friday, October 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, October 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, October 12 (5 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 15 (7:30 p.m.)
Thursday, October 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Friday, October 17 (7:30 p.m.) – performance only
Friday, October 17 (5:30 p.m.) – prix fixe (includes dinner by FIKA and 7:30 performance of Miss Julie)
Saturday, October 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, October 19 (5 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Thursday, October 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Friday, October 24 (7:30 p.m.) – performance only
Friday, October 24 (5:30 p.m.) – prix fixe (includes dinner by FIKA and 7:30 performance of Miss Julie)
Saturday, October 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, October 26 (5 p.m.)

Make It A Dinner and A Show – Friday, October 17 & 24

Enjoy a three-course dinner that Strindberg himself would love. Prix fixe packages, including dinner by the award-winning team at FIKA and show tickets, are available on Friday, October 17 and 24 for $95 ASI members/$100 nonmembers. Optional wine pairing available for $20 day-of. Reservations must be made one week in advance.

Purchase prix fixe package tickets online or call (612) 871-4907 and for more information. 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The exhibition The Image of Strindberg is produced by Fotografiska, The Swedish Museum of Photography. The Image of Strindberg and related events and activities are made possible with the generous support of the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo Foundation and the Swedish Council of America. 

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