MISS JULIE (August Strindberg): Set on Midsummer’s Eve on the estate of a Count in Sweden, Miss Julie attempts to escape an existence cramped by social morals and have a little fun, dances at the servants’ annual midsummer party, where she is drawn to a senior servant, a footman named Jean, who is particularly well-traveled, well-mannered and well-read. The action takes place in the kitchen of Miss Julie’s father’s manor; here Jean’s fiancée, a servant named Christine, cooks and sometimes sleeps while Jean and Miss Julie talk.
When you hear of an old play such as Miss Julie, by August Strindberg, does anything particular come to your mind? Perhaps it does because the media has helped older plays, such as this one, become more accessible to larger audiences through advertisement and the making of movies.
Miss Julie, a classic, yet somewhat unknown play was made into a movie in the 1990’s. If the general public is anything like me, which I suspect they are. they hear more about movies then they hear about plays. That is the sad fact of our society. The bright side of this dreary fact is that by making it into a movie, people will find out it is a play and are more likely to go see it!
Another factor of plays becoming more accessible is who the director choices to cast in their movies. Miss Julie, for example, is coming out with a brand new motion picture in 2014. The man who plays Jean, is none other then Colon Firth. If that doesn’t gather an audience then I don’t know what would!
The point I am trying to make here is that plays, no matter if they are new or old, gather more of a crowed if they are turned into a motion picture. It is in the best interest of a theater producer, therefore, to choose plays that have previously been made into movies.