‘Venus in Fur’ at the Public Theater

 

Venus in Fur

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

Venus in Fur

Set during a theatrical audition, this eerie and erotic dark comedy by David Ives gives dominance and submission a few rousing twists.

PITTSBURGH (May 10, 2016) Pittsburgh Public Theater presents the Pittsburgh premiere of David Ives’ Broadway hit, Venus in Fur. Directed by Jesse Berger, Artistic Director of New York’s Red Bull Theater, Venus in Fur runs June 2 – 26, 2016 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org.

Long before Fifty Shades of Grey became a sensation, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch wrote an erotic novel called Venus in Furs (plural in his 1870 work). As David Ives’ play begins, Thomas (Christian Conn), a young director/writer, has adapted that book for the stage. He has spent the day auditioning actresses for his play, Venus in Fur, but no star was found.

As Thomas is about to leave, Vanda (Whitney Maris Brown), bursts in out of a thunderstorm and wants a tryout. Believing the play to be “basically S&M,” Vanda has brought along a dog collar, a leather skirt, and a pair of kinky boots. Self-important Thomas corrects her: “It’s a great love story,” he says. Eventually Thomas submits to mysterious Vanda’s desire and the two read from Venus in Fur, becoming the elegant characters Kushemski and Frau Dunayev.

Both on script and off, the audition is a steamy cat-and-mouse game for power and control. Art and ethics, lifestyle choices, sexual etiquette, comments about theater, and gender issues are all raised – along with temperatures – in this play described by The New York Times as “seriously smart and very funny.”

The designers for Venus in Fur are David M. Barber (Scenic), Tilly Grimes (Costumes), Peter West (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Casting is by McCorkle Casting and the Production Stage Manager is Fred Noel.

 

About the Playwright

David Ives received a Tony Award nomination for Venus in Fur, which was produced on Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2011. He is especially well known for his evening of one-act plays, All in the Timing. He currently lives in New York City.

 

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

Venus in Fur

June 2 – 26, 2016

Performance Schedule

Tuesdays at 7 pm.

Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm.

Saturdays June 18 & 25 and Wednesday June 8 at 2 pm.

Sundays at 2 & 7 pm.

Press Night is Thursday, June 9. Opening Night is Friday, June 10.

Ticket prices: $25 – $60. Tickets for students and age 26 and younger are $15.75.

Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Casey Helm at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or chelm@ppt.org.

For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org

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