'Miss Julie' comes to freeFall Theatre

James Oliver plays a servant seduced by “Miss Julie” (Geneva Rae), center, to the dismay of his fiancee (Meg Heimsted).

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James Oliver plays a servant seduced by “Miss Julie” (Geneva Rae), center, to the dismay of his fiancee (Meg Heimsted).

Miss Julie covers all the bases: sex, power, class. It's Midsummer's Eve, in August Strindberg's play, and Julie, the daughter of a nobleman, seduces the servant of the house, Jean, and his fiancee, Christine, can't do much about it.

Geneva Rae plays Miss Julie, James Oliver is Jean, and Meg Heimsted is Christine in the freeFall Theatre production, which opens Friday and runs through April 10 at the company's new home, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

"One of the most stunning and surprising things about this play is that it was written in the 1880s,'' director Eric Davis says. "A play this candid, with three actors, playing at 90 minutes with no intermission, is much more in today's fashion than it would have been in the late 19th century. Its themes and characters, though beautifully drawn for Strindberg's time, remain as complex and resonant today as they must have been then.''

The freeFall staging "transports the action forward a few decades to the 1920s — a time that saw many of the changes in gender and class politics that Strindberg was foreshadowing in his play,'' Davis says.

Performances are 2 p.m. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $32-$47. Students, seniors and members of the military get a $3 discount on nonpremium tickets. Preview at 7 tonight ($20-$25, with no discounts). (727) 498-5205; freefalltheatre.com.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

'Miss Julie' comes to freeFall Theatre 03/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 5:30am]

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