By Vueltas Bravas Productions Written by August Strindberg, Adapted by J. Ed Araiza Directed by Lorenzo Montanini New York Premiere
Featuring John Alex Toro, Tina Mitchell and Gina Jaimes Music by violinist Helen Yee and percussionist Martin Vejarano
In rural Colombia on Midsummer Eve, Miss Julia and her servant Juan have a forbidden encounter. As Juan tries to rise from his servile life, Miss Julia tries to escape the bonds of her meaningless upper-class existence.The resulting power play of love, lust and class struggle becomes a dangerous battle that veers violently out of control. This bilingual production, performed in English and Spanish, is a clash of cultures, a dance of death combining combining powerful physicality, naturalistic text and live music making Strindberg’s text as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.
Press for Miss Julia
"Miss Julia is an exciting and watchable 75 minutes...Strindberg's macho-man version of economic justice undoubtedly has resonance in modern Latin America, which seems trapped between vulture capitalism and chauvinistic Bolivarian socialism. Vueltas Bravas Producciones never bangs us over the head with this connection, but seductively invites us to make it on our own." Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania
Colombia’s Vueltas Bravas Producciones is an international collaboration formed in 2013 by actor Jhon Alex Toro, featuring Tina Mitchell, Lorenzo Montanini and Gina Jaimes who have studied regularly with SITI Company and violinist Helen Yee. Toro works in theatre, television and film, most notably in the films Maria Full of Grace and Love in the Time of Cholera.
The play is adapted by J.Ed Araiza, head of graduate acting at UCLA and a member of the SITI Company founded by Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart.