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4th Street Theater to hold casting call for Miss Julie

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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.

Characters include:

*  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.

*  Kristen, 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.

 

Posted 5/29/2015