Theatre Fairfield to stage "Miss Julie" and "Creditors"


Fairfield University's Theatre Fairfield will stage, two short plays by August Strindberg, "Miss Julie" and "Creditors," from Wednesday, Feb. 28, through Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. Performances take place in the Wien Experimental Theatre in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. This third student production of the 2000-01 season is directed by Martha LoMonaco, Ph.D., Theatre Fairfield program director.

August Strindberg, the great 19th-century Swedish playwright, forever transformed the way men and women are portrayed on the stage. In fact, we owe countless plays, movies and television shows dealing with the war between the sexes to plays such as "Miss Julie" and "Creditors" which introduced sexual realism to the theater. These passionate plays, peopled with characters driven by love, hate, jealousy and honor, were banned in his native Sweden for many years for being too realistic.

Twenty-first-century audiences will delight in watching Strindberg's characters go wild right before their eyes as they struggle to maintain their Victorian decorum. Both plays involve love triangles in which the characters seduce, manipulate, lie, plead and confess to get what they want. Spectators will be alternately delighted, shocked and amazed by their machinations as they are drawn into these fascinating relationships.

The cast of "Miss Julie" features Kerry Doyle, Patrick Dorion and Marisa Marquez. "Creditors" has cast Stephanie Arapian, Scott Ferguson and guest artist, Fairfield alumnus Brian Hoover. The technical crew includes students Shelley Barrish, Amy Mattulina, Kathe Almonte and Mary Wei.

Assisting Dr. LoMonaco are Lynne Porter, Theatre Fairfield's producer, and Susan Haggstrom, technical director. Karl Ruling will serve as both scenic and lighting designer and Hugh Hanson will design the costumes. With the full ensemble and technical crew, this production involves more than 20 Fairfield University students.

For tickets, at $12 for general admission and $5 for students, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For information, call Theatre Fairfield at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2274.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on January 6, 2001

Vol. 33, No. 133