Experience a story that questions the boundaries that were yet to be demolished in Post- Apartheid South Africa. Discover how a moment of fervor can unleash a chaotic argument that threatens to take a wrong turn any second.
Why Watch Mies Julie
Racial oppression and the fear that comes with it when establishing a sexual relationship with a person of the other race is the central theme of this play. Written by Yael Farber and adapted for the Broadway stage by August Strindberg, it is a remarkable showcase of the deep racial discrimination that was rooted in society a mere two and a half decades ago. The play is brought to life by powerful performances and stunningly accurate portrayal of the characters by the experienced cast. Heather Christer plays the dominant and ruthless Mies Julie and is accompanied by Jalen Gilbert as the subdued, yet equally capable, John. Director Dexter Bullard keeps the show electrifying from the very start.
The show opens in 1994, during the first commemoration of the post-apartheid elections. It is a rather warm night in the Karoo and something is clearly off. Julie is the pompous daughter of John’s boss, an Afrikaner land owner. There has been undercurrents of attraction from their childhood days, and it pulsates powerfully this night as the alcohol fuels their inner desires even further. Eventually it climaxes in a sultry affair at the dinner table, and in that moment of bliss, Julie sees a future with John. She threatens him with accusations of rape if he chooses to leave. Yet, in the current scenario, they both realise that there is no way their romance can have any meaningful end.
It is a story of choices and a tense environment that arises from the throes of passion in a world where the divide in class and social oppression was searingly evident at every turn.
Adult Audiences | Fans of Romantic Plays
“'Mies Julie' is an erotic South African shocker, fueled by inequality and desire.”
– Chicago Tribune
Know Before You Go
Recommended for viewers over the age of 18.
The theatre has a seating capacity of 199.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
Strict Cancellation Policy
This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.
Your e-tickets can be exchanged for physical tickets with our uniformed Headout hosts outside the theater.
Lynn F. Angelson Theater, 136 East 13th Street, New York