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Sept. 12, 2007

Birmingham-Southern College theatre to perform collaborative production taken to famous festival in Scotland

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College Department of Theatre and Dance will perform its world premiere of an updated telling of August Strindberg's classic 1888 play “Miss Julie” which it performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this summer. The play adaptation, set in the American South and written by BSC Professor of Theatre Alan Litsey, will open on campus September 20-23.

The 75-minute version of the play, a new model for collaborative research and creativity, is supported by an Undergraduate Collaborative Research and Engagement Grant from the Associated Colleges of the South and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. Six BSC students engaged with three faculty members and one staff member as peers to collaborate on multiple aspects of the pre-production and production process.

The production company spent the summer building sets, designing costumes and in rehearsals. The production, complete with sets, cast, costumes, and promotional materials, appeared this summer at the Fringe Festival in Scotland.

Litsey's Deep South American adaptation was inspired by a passion to rediscover the issues of this classic play for contemporary audiences. As it heightens the characters' struggle to new levels of danger, “Miss Julie” renews its challenging examination of such issues as gender and social division, as well as the larger questions of realizing human dignity around the world.

Performances are Sept. 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the BSC College Theatre One. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for students. For tickets and additional information, contact the College Theatre Box Office at 205/226-4780.

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