A proposal for the theatrical production of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie.
This paper analyzes the Strindberg play, Miss Julie and describes how to present it in theater production. The paper describes the character dialogue of the actors, the nineteenth century setting for the stage and props. It further illustrates the lighting effects, which allude to observing something that the characters want hidden from the audience.
In August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, the use of setting helps advance the theme and conveys meaning to the audience not only through the visible setting but also in terms of off-stage space. For the current production of the play, the basic description in the text will be followed, though the set need not be as naturalistic as originally intended. What is important is that the set suggest a large kitchen in an aristocratic home at the end of the nineteenth century. The script says that the roof and side walls of the kitchen are hidden by drapes and borders, so they need be little more than suggestions of walls and ceiling. To the rear, on the right, is an arched exit porch, and through this can be seen a fountain and trees, which can also be suggested rather than naturalistic in design. The important kitchen props are a large stove, a kitchen table, some chairs, an ice-box, a sink, and some shelves. Prominent in the side wall is a large speaking tube, which becomes an important symbol of the master of the house and so which should be given special emphasis through size and position.