Miss Julie: A Play

Miss Julie: A Play

by Neil LaBute, August Strindberg
     
 

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In his electrifying new adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, Neil LaBute, provocateur of the theater as much as Strindberg himself, transports the classic play of power, class and seduction to an estate on Long Island’s Gold Coast just before the stock market crash of 1929.
Against a glittering jazz-age backdrop, mistress of the house Julie and…  See more details below

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In his electrifying new adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, Neil LaBute, provocateur of the theater as much as Strindberg himself, transports the classic play of power, class and seduction to an estate on Long Island’s Gold Coast just before the stock market crash of 1929.
Against a glittering jazz-age backdrop, mistress of the house Julie and ambitious servant John face off in a gripping, night-long encounter. As the balance of power shifts often and dangerously—-sometimes with exquisite subtlety, sometimes stark brutality-—LaBute masterfully reinterprets Strindberg’s timeless erotic struggle between a man and a woman.
This thrilling, essential Miss Julie, which had its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in 2013 with Lily Rabe as Julie, Logan Marshall-Green as John, and Laura Heisler as Kristine, superbly embodies both the passionate spirit of the original and the unflinching style of Neil LaBute.

Editorial Reviews

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"Neil LaBute is the most legitimately provocative and polarizing playwright at work today."—-David Amsden, New York

"Like Harold Pinter, Mr. LaBute understands language as power."—-Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"A connoisseur of unsettling emotion . . . LaBute's psychological terrain is the punishing slippery slope of ambivalence. In his hands, this bedeviling state of spiritual stasis comes with a distinctive sound, a sensational hemming and hawing, which poetically betrays the mind boxing clever with itself."—John Lahr, The New Yorker

"LaBute's view of modern men and women is unsparing . . . He is holding up a pitiless mirror to ourselves."—Jacques le Sourd, The Journal News 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468307382
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
05/22/2013
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,260,349
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

"Neil LaBute is the most legitimately provocative and polarizing playwright at work today."—-David Amsden, New York

"Like Harold Pinter, Mr. LaBute understands language as power."—-Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"A connoisseur of unsettling emotion . . . LaBute's psychological terrain is the punishing slippery slope of ambivalence. In his hands, this bedeviling state of spiritual stasis comes with a distinctive sound, a sensational hemming and hawing, which poetically betrays the mind boxing clever with itself."—John Lahr, The New Yorker

"LaBute's view of modern men and women is unsparing . . . He is holding up a pitiless mirror to ourselves."—Jacques le Sourd, The Journal News

 

Meet the Author

Neil LaBute's plays include bash, In a Forest, Dark and Deep, and Reasons to be Happy. His films include In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors, The Shape of Things, Obsession, Some Velvet Morning, and Dirty Weekend. He is a 2013 recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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