BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– A double show bill of Arthur Strindberg’s Miss Julie and Eugéne Ionesco’s The Lesson will be performed by Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Theatre Arts Oct. 25 through Oct. 27, 2019 in Presser Hall’s E. Melba Kirkpatrick Lab Theatre.
Showtimes are Friday Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.
Directed by Professor Emeritus John Ficca, Miss Julie follows a willful young aristocrat through her broken engagement and subsequent love affair. The play explores themes of social class, circumstances of birth, gender roles and feminism. The lead character, Julie, is played by acting major Julie Cozette ’22, while her love interest, Jean, is played by music theatre major Joe Storti ’22.
Directed by Professor of Theatre Arts Nancy Loitz, The Lesson is a one-act parable type of story warning of the dangers that come with indoctrination. The absurd plot contains only three characters, the Maid, the Pupil, and the intense Professor. The Pupil hopes to earn her doctorate and the Professor, a caricature of an academic personality, attempts to help her. The Professor is played by music theatre major Mike Jostes ’22, and the Pupil is played by acting major Darraugh Griffin ’23.
Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Jerome Mirza Theatre Box Office located at 2 Ames Plaza East in Bloomington, or by calling the box office at (309) 556-3232. The box office is open Monday through Friday until 5 p.m. General admission is $3, and $2 for students with a valid I.D.
Megan Baker ’21