In 2012, there were two Award winners. The first to “Mies Julie” adapted from the Strindberg by Yael Farber and presented by Baxter Theatre of Capetown, South Africa. It ran at St. Ann’s Warehouse in November and December, 2012. Not only did it receive a rave review from Ben Brantley in the NY Times, but he also included Mies Julie as one of the 10 best plays of the year.
Because “Mies Julie” was not available in January, I reached back to 2009 when I fell in love with “Midsummer” by David Grieg, produced at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre. Fortunately, Midsummer was able to play the Clurman in January, 2013. Mr. Brantley gave this beautiful Scottish play by a lovely review.
Also, we presented a shortlisted piece for one week after Midsummer closed – “Theatre Uncut”, a collection of new, short political plays from international playwrights. The American playwright, Neil LaBute contributed our national view and others from Greece, Spain, the UK and Syria were presented. An exciting concept and exciting theatre!
MIES JULIE played at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse in October of 2012 to huge acclaim. Ben Brantley of the NY Times named it as one of the “10 Best Plays of 2012”. It returned to the US with performances in Washington D.C. and Boston in November 2013. Yael Farber went on to write “Nirbhaya”, which told the story of the rape and murder of a female student in India. It was seen in Edinburgh, London and New York.
Yael won multiple awards for her direction of “The Crucible” at London’s Young Vic Theatre in 2014. Her “Salome” was presented at National Theatre in 2017.
2017 brings a reprise of the show to Edinburgh prior to a return to the United States. The play will be seen at Victory gardens, Chicago, in May of 2018.
Carol Tambor publishes a monthly newsletter, which announces worthy shows coming to New York, along with occasional information about London theatre and, of course, the Edinburgh Fringe.