It’s 1888, and that Swedish rascal August Strindberg has done it again. In his best naturalistic style, he’s written a play about a bored aristocratic young lady named Miss Julie, who goes searching for sexual adventure below stairs, and finds a ready accomplice with the well-travelled, cultured Jean, her father’s valet. Scandalous!
In 2003, English playwright Patrick Marber updated the tale and set it in 1945 just as Churchill’s Tory Party was defeated. It may be six decades even later but, apparently, little has changed in the effects social structures have on relationships.
The balance in this excellent Max Rubin production shifts back and forth while challenging our own perceptions of who these people are, and what they represent.
We sat down with Samantha Jeffery, one of our 2020 Nordic & Cloutier Family Innovation Award recipients. This annual award provides one local artist, group, or company with up to $2,500 in funding towards professional development, training, innovation, and/or special project development.
Sharing a first kiss with a stranger can be unnerving. Sharing that kiss in front of a captive audience can be truly daunting.
For decades, theatre and film scenes involving sex or intimacy were staged by directors with little experience in establishing safe boundaries for the performers. Or actors were left to their own devices.
Now there is a new player behind the scenes.
Since the "Me Too" movement, there's been growing demand for "intimacy directors" in stage and film productions. We talk to one about her work in the local theatre scene…
A chat with After the House Lights about the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.
Professional theatre artist Samantha Jeffery is here to discuss her pilot project: #YEGTheatreStats - a professional theatre database of jobs in the Edmonton theatre industry based on gender. We go over how Sam collects and presents her data; the nuance of creating categories and sub-categories in order to make her spreadsheet accurate, yet readable; and we also talk about how vital a public database of this sort is for those seeking to recognize their hiring trends within the Edmonton theatre community.
An interview with Samantha Jeffery.
An interview with Kory Mathewson about the creation of Dirt City.