Our 2015-2016 Season
Mark Clayton Southers
Miss Julie, Clarissa and John
By Mark Clayton Southers
Inspired by August Strindberg’s groundbreaking 1888 naturalistic drama Miss Julie, Mark Clayton Southers relocates the action from Sweden to a Reconstruction-era Virginia plantation. The dangerous attraction between the landowner’s daughter and his top servant takes on new shades as its taboo nature expands from crossing boundaries of social class to also encompass racial lines. The situation is heightened further by Southers’ extensive development of the third onstage character from Strindberg’s play, who in this searing version becomes central to the conflict through her identity as the mulatto daughter of a slave woman. The result in our world premiere production is an intense struggle that illuminates cultural dynamics of two key moments in U.S. history: then and now.
The Theatre Festival in Black and White
Our signature one-act theatre festival returns for its twelfth year with another selection of entertaining short plays. We've scheduled it in conjunction with the Three Rivers Arts Festival, so you can come downtown and catch both. If you're a playwright, watch for our script submission announcement later in 2015.
Earlier this season: