Jessica Chastain to Take on MISS JULIE Next?
According to the Boston Herald, Golden Globe winner and Broadway star Jessica Chastain might star in another play in the future. THE HEIRESS star told BH that up next on her agenda is a project that 'hasn't been announced but it's pretty obscure, maybe ten people.... Like in typical Chastain fashion, I mean not a lot of people will see this, but I have a very -- it might be a Strindberg type thing but we'll see.' When the BH asked her whether it was 'Miss Julie,' Chastian made a face like 'you guessed it!'
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Chastain currently stars in Broadway's The Heiress as 'Catherine Sloper'. The show also stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner David Strathairn as Dr. Austin Sloper, the leading man of "Downton Abbey" Dan Stevens as Morris Townsend and Tony Award winner Judith Ivey as Lavinia Penniman. Written by Ruth & Augustus Goetz, The Heiress is directed by two-time Tony Award nominated playwright and director Moisés Kaufman.
Miss Julie is a naturalistic play written in 1888 by August Strindberg dealing with class, love, lust, the battle of the sexes, and the interaction among them. Set on a midsummer night of 1874, on the estate of a Count in Sweden, the young woman of the title, attempting to escape an existence cramped by social mores 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 Kristin, cooks and sometimes sleeps while Jean and Miss Julie talk.