August Strindberg's

Miss Julie

A full evening's one-act, August Strindberg's Miss Julie is based on a misconception that naturalism included a hierarchy based in gender. The play is not a morality tale, but a fully complete vision from his utterly perverse feelings of sexual compulsions and women. The natural order of the world is flipped when a young woman (Sarah Vargo, in the titular role) is in charge. At its heart is the sexually charged relationship between Miss Julie, and her father's valet, a careless social climber named Jean (Ben Turner). Jean is betrothed to the neglected Christine (Jordan Davis), a servant.

Creative Team

Megan Mateer Director
Renee Collins Stage Manager
Megan Mateer Set Design
Brian Palmer Costume Designer
Richard Albert Lighting Designer

Cast Bios

Sarah Vargo (Miss Julie) has a BFA in Dramatic Performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music and an MA in Playwriting from The National University of Ireland in Galway and has since worked as a fight choreographer and actor in both the United States and Ireland. Some of her acting credits include: Gunborg in Beowulf; Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona; and Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest. Some of her fight choreography credits include Romeo and Juliet, Beowulf, Knives in Hens, DIRT, Macbeth, Orphans, and Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Benjamin Turner (John) began acting at the age of 13 at the Ohio Performing Arts Institute under his Mentor D. Scot Davidge. He studied Theatre and Dance at Wittenberg University and spent 5 years in Los Angeles working in the independent film industry. Returning to Ohio in 2014, Benjamin found a new home in the Columbus Theatre Community and has been nominated for several local awards. He would especially like to thank Richard and Megan for this return to his favorite stage in Columbus.

Jordan Davis (Christine) graduated from Wittenberg University in 2009 with degrees in Theatre & Dance and English Literature. She proceeded to work professionally as an actor and dancer in Los Angeles and trained extensively in the Sanford Meisner technique of acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Sanford Meisner Center. She has been working in Columbus, OH as a theatrical director and actor since 2015. You most recently would have seen her here at Columbus Civic as Ophelia in The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines. Jordan would like to thank her husband for always holding her up and Martin Barter for his ultimate guidance.

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