Theatrical journey

  • “Miss Julie” runs through June 23. Courtesy of Matthew P. Lomanno

Monitor staff
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Grab your passport for this season of shows at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse.

The 2018 season is themed “Around the World with 18 plays.” The first show of the year, August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, adapted by Howard Brenton, is set in Sweden and opened Wednesday.

The play, written more than 100 years ago, was shocking at the time, facing censorship for its heavy social themes.

In it, the daughter of an aristocrat, Julie, crosses class barriers to flirt with her father’s valet, Jean.

On Midsummer’s Eve, their relationship reaches a boiling point. Both try to use the power they have to manipulate the other. Julie is the lady of the house. Jean is a well-traveled man.

After conversation and wine, they consummate their ill-advised relationship.

But then, Jean tells Julie he doesn’t really love her and that things he previously said were lies to woo her.

Distraught, Julie looks for a way out of the mess. Jean suggests they run away and open a hotel. He can run it and she can provide the financial backing.

But, Julie has no money herself; it is all her father’s.

While the conclusion of Julie’s plight is made expressly clear, it’s alluded that her fate is far more bleak than running away.

With topics of class, gender, extramarital affairs, suicide and more, it’s easy to see why Miss Julie would have offended 1880s’ sensibilities, but the topics are just as relevant today as they were back then.

In addition to the shows, you can get a backstage tour Friday, enjoy a post-show talk on Wednesday or join a pre-show symposium on June 21.

Miss Julie runs through June 23. Showtimes are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; matinee at 2 p.m. on June 21. Tickets are $20 to $34 and available online at winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or over the phone at 279-0333.

Continue the journey to... 

Paris in Boeing Boeing from June 27 to July 7

Oxford in Charley’s Aunt from July 11 to 21

Greece in Mamma Mia! from July 26 to Aug. 11

New York in Ghost from Aug. 16 to Sept. 1

South Africa in Master Harold and the Boys from Sept. 5 to 9

South America in The Lost World and Journey to the Center of the Earth from Sept. 28 to 29

Venice in A Man and his Prostate from Oct. 5 to 6

Egypt with Aida from Oct. 19 to 21 and also Murder on the Nile from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4

Canada in Mary’s Wedding from Nov. 14 to 17

Siena, Italy, in The Ash Girl from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2

Denmark in The Little Mermaid from Dec. 15 to 31