Christine Horne, left, and Caroline Cave, right.
Sometimes retailoring gives a classic a whole new emphasis. Take August Strindberg's Miss Julie, whose drama comes from the sexual and class struggle between high-born Julie and her servant Jean.
Last fall we saw Miss Julie: Sheh'mah, Tara Beagan's adaptation for Kick Theatre, set in 1920s BC, in which Julie's (Christine Horne) servants are Aboriginal characters shaped by the residential school system.
In February Canadian Stage presents Stephen Sachs's version, set in 1964 Mississippi just after the Civil Rights Act became law; here the servants are black and their mistress (Caroline Cave) is white.