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Sex and Class Examined in Arthur Schnitzler’s 'La Ronde' at CalArts

Valencia, CA, November 24, 2010--La Ronde, Arthur Schnitzler’s play set in 1890s Vienna, destroys classic notions of class barriers through sexual encounters in an interconnected series of trysts.  Julianne Just, MFA 2012 Directing Candidate at the CalArts School of Theater, explores this classic play with modern flair.  La Ronde previews on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 8 p.m. Performances begin Friday, December 10 at 8 p.m. with additional performances Saturday, December 11 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., and Monday, December 13 - Tuesday, December 14 at 8 p.m.  La Ronde will perform at the CalArts Ensemble Theater 407, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355.  Tickets are available online at http://calarts.edu/calendar.

Each scene centers one pair of lovers, depicting their sexual encounter and a brief conversation.  The first pair is a prostitute and a soldier, followed by the same soldier with a parlor maid--with characters changing partners to end with a count and the prostitute from the first scene.  “The play is about the characters,” says director Julianne Just, “and what they are each hoping to find or achieve through having sex, whether it is love, pleasure, money, or self-affirmation and the interactions themselves.” For more information: www.CalartsLaRonde.com

Julianne Just is a founding member of Mir Productions, an interdisciplinary theater company, and directed a number of original productions for them including: The M Game (an adaptation of Macbeth), Fetish (a modern adaptation of Othello), and The Mary Trilogy (a cryptic working from three Greek myths). Julianne worked in various capacities with a number of other theatrical companies in New York, such as: Ping Chong and Company, La MaMa Etc., Wide Eye Productions, Collaboration Town, and Pig Broach. Originally from Seattle, Julianne moved to New York in 2005 to attend Sarah Lawrence College where she received her BA in Theater and Dramatic Literature.

Last edited by dthatt on Nov 24, 2010
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