4th Street Theater
is in need of actors for its upcoming production of “Miss Julie” and will
hold a casting call on Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m.
Auditions will take
place at the theater which is located at 125 N. 4th St. in Chesterton.
* Miss Julie
(mid 20’s), the strong-willed daughter of the count
who owns the estate. She is aware of the power she holds, but switches
between being above the servants and flirting with Jean. She longs to fall
from her pedestal.
* Jean (mid
30’s), who left the town and traveled widely, working
many different jobs as he went, before finally returning to work as
Manservant to the Count. He has aspirations to rise from his station in
life, and Miss Julie is part of his plan. He is alternately kind and
callous. Despite his aspirations, he is rendered servile by the mere sight
of the count’s gloves and boots.
the cook in the Count’s household. She is devoutly
religious and apparently betrothed to Jean, although they refer to this
marriage almost jokingly. Several other servants, who sing and dance.
Auditionees will be asked to perform cold readings from the script.
“Miss Julie” is an
adaptation by Chicago playwright, Penny Penniston. It is a naturalistic play
adapted from the play written in 1888 by Swedish writer August Strindberg
dealing with class, love, lust, the battle of the sexes, and the interaction
among them. It has been seen worldwide as a play, a ballet, an opera, a
television feature with Helen Mirren and most recently a movie with Colin
Farrell and Jessica Chastain in 2014.
About the play:
It is set on Midsummer’s
Eve on the estate of a Count in Sweden. The young woman of the title,
attempting to escape an existence cramped by social mores and to have a
little fun, dances at the servants’ annual midsummer party. She is drawn to
a senior servant, a valet named Jean, who is particularly well-traveled,
well-mannered and well-read. The action takes place in the kitchen of Miss
Julie’s father’s manor, where Jean’s
fiance, a servant named Kristin, cooks and sometimes sleeps while Jean and
Miss Julie talk.
The plot is
primarily concerned with power in its various forms. Miss Julie has power
over Jean because she is upper-class. Jean has power over Miss Julie because
he is male and uninhibited by aristocratic values. The count, Miss Julie’s
father (an unseen character), has power over both of them since he is a
nobleman, an employer, and a father.