Miss Julie: A Play

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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What People Are Saying

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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

 

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

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468307382
  • Publisher: Overlook TP
  • Publication date: 5/22/2013
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 801,156
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil LaBute is arguably the most challenging, provocative, and acclaimed playwright of his generation. In works like bash, The Shape of Things, Fat Pig, and reasons to be pretty, he superbly engages with such themes as men and women, sex and power, deception and manipulation, with the humane sensibility of an artist who, as John Lahr wrote in The New Yorker, "does not trivialize darkness but treats it with proper awe."

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