Yaël Farber's fierce adaptation of Strindberg's Mies Julie resets the classic play to a farmhouse in the Karoo of South Africa on the evening of the annual Freedom Day celebration. When the white Afrikaans landowner's daughter, Julie, falls for her father's charismatic Xhosa farm laborer, John, their erotic evening together erupts into a brutal battle fueled by gender, race, power, and ancestral domain. Adapted by Yaël Farber from the play by August Strindberg.
In The Dance of Death, a retired military man, Edgar, and his wife, Alice, a former actress, have given up on any semblance of civility toward each other at the threshold of their 25th wedding anniversary. Once urbanites immersed in Copenhagen's cultural life, they now live in relative isolation — from their children, from the rest of society — on a remote island, where they have become as codependent as they are hateful. Seething with cruelty, and punctuated by absurdity and humor, Strindberg's electrifying play, written in 1900, was ages ahead of its time in its bleak examination of marriage. New version by Conor McPherson.