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Venus in Fur

David Ives' play is a battle of minds and motives and a complex exploration of sex and power.

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Venus in Fur

Date: 11 Mar 2019

Theatre director Thomas is struggling to find the perfect actress to play the lead role in his adaptation of the infamous 1870 novella Venus in Furs penned by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. At the last minute, in walks Vanda.

At first glance, appears to be the perfect example of everything Thomas dislikes in an actor. She knows next-to-nothing about Thomas or Sacher-Masoch. She hasn’t studied her role beyond a flick-through of the script on the subway. “Basically, it’s S&M porn,” she concludes.

Thomas wants out but Vanda is determined to audition and she won’t take no for an answer. Digging into a laundry bag, she throws a vintage gown over the fetish gear she’s wearing. Thomas, utterly boxed in, reluctantly picks up a script.

In minutes, a startling metamorphosis occurs …

David Ives’ Venus in Fur debuted in New York in 2010 and transferred to a Broadway theatre in 2011 and topped the list of the most performed new plays in 2013 with 22 productions in America alone that year.

This production, directed by Emma Burns, features Caitlin Williams and Zach Selmes.

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