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South Africa’s Baxter Theatre set to take over the Paramount with ‘Mies Julie’

Kassmin Williams | 11/25/2013, 9:49 a.m. | Updated on 11/25/2013, 9:49 a.m.
The fourth season of Arts Emerson’s The World On Stage continues with the South African Baxter Theatre Centre’s “Mies Julie.”
Bongile Mantsai, Hilda Cronje, Thoko Ntshinga, Nofirst Credit: Murdo MacLeod Murdo MacLeod

South Africa’s Baxter Theatre set to take over the Paramount with ‘Mies Julie’

The fourth season of Arts Emerson’s The World On Stage continues with the South African Baxter Theatre Centre’s “Mies Julie.”

“Mies Julie” takes place from Saturday Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 8.

The World On Stage is an international theatre program that features performances from across the globe.

South Africa native and internationally acclaimed director Yael Farber sets her explosive new adaptation of Strindberg’s classic “Miss Julie” in a kitchen in a secluded location 18 years after the end of the apartheid.

Audience members will learn about the shifting dynamics between a black farm laborer, his “master’s” daughter and the woman who raised them both.

“Mies Julie” was named the Fifth Best Production of 2012 by The Guardian and was recognized as one of the top tem productions of 2012 by the New York Times.

A press release from ArtsEmerson describes the play as “haunting and violent, intimate and heartbreaking” where “the struggles take place among the characters and with their ancestors, laying bare in questions of what restitution of freedom can really mean and what losses can and cannot ever be recovered.”

The Baxter Theatre Centre is a multicultural entertainment hub in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town at the foot of the University of Cape Town.

The Baxter is home to a theatre, concert hall, studio stage, a restaurant and bars.

Built in 1976, the Baxter presented multiracial work during the apartheid era, a time where this was banned.

The first interracial kiss on a South African stage took place during the Baxter’s first production of “Miss Julie” in 1985, according to the press release from ArtsEmerson.

A post-show panel discussion will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 following the 2 p.m. performance.

The discussion will address themes of the play and how the resonate in Boston.

Details on panelists, location and event time are still being arranged.

Tickets for the show range from $25 to $89 and can be purchased at artsemerson.org or by calling 617-824-8400.

Performance dates and times are as follows:

• Saturday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

• Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

• Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.