I love history. Not the politics and wars, kings and presidents kind of history, but history about how people actually lived in years past. I'm fascinated by the houses on Summit Avenue in St. Paul, and have visited the James J. Hill House several times. So when I heard about a play being produced in the house I was intrigued. And when I found out that it stars two 2011 Ivey Award winners, there was no question I was going to go see it.
After Miss Julie is produced by the Gremlin Theatre, normally located on University Avenue in St. Paul. But there really is no better place to see this show than in a big, beautiful Victorian mansion. When the setting so perfectly matches the content, it lends an air of authenticity to the piece. As I watched the drama unfold, I couldn't help but think that such a scene might really have occurred in that very room a hundred years ago. That's kind of thrilling. I felt like I was eavesdropping on these three people's fascinating and complicated lives.