Lansing, MI – Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, with license from Dramatists Play Service, is proud to announce the two week run of the sexy comedy, Venus in Fur, in its Mid-Michigan premiere.
Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, (Joseph Mull) is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress—oddly enough, named Vanda (Mary Dilworth). Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas' interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives.
This is what critics have to say about Venus in Fur: "The teeter-tottering test of wills that takes place in VENUS IN FUR makes even the most fraught encounter between a domineering director and a sensitive performer seem like a play date in the sandbox. Audiences may be pleased to hear that in this ninety minutes of good, kinky fun, the upper hand does not necessarily belong to the usual suspect." —NY Times. "VENUS IN FUR invites both carnal and cerebral excitement…" —Village Voice. "Ives has crafted a modern take on a classic tale, skillfully twisting his plot and characters in a fast-paced journey into one man's entrapment by a clever, vengeful female." —Associated Press. "You want funny? You want sexy? Then you'll want to see VENUS IN FUR." —New Jersey Newsroom.
Peppermint Creek Guest Director, Rob Roznowski, had this to say about the show, “Venus in Fur works on various levels. The juggling of these various levels as director with these actors has been such an exciting part of the process. Audiences can latch into the play as a theatrical sparring match, character study, or exciting exploration of gender roles.”
The production will take place at Peppermint Creek’s performance venue, the Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, Lansing MI 48911. The show will run Thursday, May 7 – Sunday, May 10, and Thursday, May 14 – Sunday, May 17, 2015. Show times are Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets can be ordered online at www.peppermintcreek.org, and are $15 general admission, and $10 for students/seniors 65+.
This production of Venus in Fur is being directed by PCTC Guest Director and head of the Michigan State University Department of Theatre, Rob Roznowski.
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Venus in Fur Peppermint Creek Theatre Company