There is a show I want to see, an apparently amazing production of Miss Julie at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley directed by Mark Jackson, apparently one of the Bay Area’s finest. I have seen one workshop project Jackson created with A.C.T., which was pretty great, but I have yet to see a full production of his and I am anxious to do so. But I don’t have tickets yet (even though it sold out its run and is now opening up an extension) because the tickets on the website are $40 a piece. What the what!? I guess I haven’t bought a full price ticket for the theater in a while. Do people really pay that much? You dear souls! That’s why Berkeley Rep lists their season subscription holders with the donors in the back of their program.
I didn’t think I needed to ever see Miss Julie. I don’t particularly like Miss Julie. I remember teaching Miss Julie as a TA in grad school. I remember directing 30 minutes of the play with two students for a classroom presentation for extra credit. The classroom was cluttered with desks. It was in the basement. It had no windows. Three walls were concrete; the other was, oddly enough, some sort of carpet. It wasn’t good, but it was a teaching tool. The student who played Jean was a terrible student and one of the best writers I had ever taught. Both the professor and I secretly, independently investigated to see if he was cheating. He wasn’t. He was just a damn good writer and didn’t give a shit about the course. I liked him a lot.
My favorite version of Miss Julie is the futurist version my friend and I “wrote” as a string of futurist adaptations of work from the canon:
With a cleaver, Jean cuts the head off a parakeet.
But I look forward to Jackson’s production . . . not that I am going to pay full price to see it. With that I could see X-men Origins: Wolverine, Terminator Salvation, and Star Trek and even have popcorn at one of them. I’ll trade you Terminator Salvation and the popcorn, but that’s it . . . alright I might be able to wait for Star Trek to come out on Netflix, but no way about Wolverine, not with Taylor Kitsch playing Gambit. No way!