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Miss Julie, Clarissa and John 

When: Thursdays, 7 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25 2016
Price: $15-$40
August Strindberg's drama Miss Julie is a naturalistic play about a woman flirting with her father the count's servant Jean in a half-hearted attempt to reject her class standing. It was a revolutionary statement in the class-dominated society of late-nineteenth century Sweden, both for its subject matter and its very modern sense of character, plot and dialogue. Miss Julie, Clarissa and John, Mark Clayton Southers' modernized adaptation of the play, moves the action to the post-Civil War south. Jean is black and Miss Julie is white, and their flirtation is very dangerous indeed. Another wrinkle in the mix is Clarissa; in Strindberg's version she is Jean's fiance and also a servant. Southers expands Clarissa's role and imagines her as a mulatto, half-black and half-white. The Black Rep opens its 40th season with Miss Julie, Clarissa and John. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (September 8 to 25) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; www.theblackrep.org). Tickets are $15 to $40.
— Paul Friswold
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