VENUS IN FUR to Play the Circle Theatre, 1/30-3/8

Circle Theatre's 33rd season opens with Venus in Fur by David Ives. A celebrated Broadway hit, this "hot" new play runs January 30th through March 8th.

Preview performances are Thursday, January 30; Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1 (matinee). The production officially opens Saturday, February 1, at 8:00pm.

Circle's production, directed by Krista Scott, features Alison Pistorius* as Vanda and Chris Hury* as Thomas. Production team members include Sarahi Salazar* (Stage Manager), Clare Floyd DeVries (Set Design), David H. M. Lambert (Sound Design), John Leach (Lighting Design), Sarah Tonemah (Costumes), and Kimberlee Cantrell and Kyle Montgomery (Props).

Visit circletheatre.com/shows/venusinfur for more information. Venus in Fur is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York * Member of Actors' Equity Association

About the Playwright: David Ives (Playwright) is perhaps best known for his evening of one-act plays, All In The Timing (he has been included in the "Best Short Plays" series seven times), and for his drama, Venus in Fur, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. Other plays by Ives include New Jerusalem; The Interrogation Of Baruch De Spinoza; The School For Lies (adapted from Molie?re's The Misanthrope); The Liar (adapted from Corneille); Time Flies; and Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain). He has also translated Feydeau's A Flea In Her Ear and Yasmina Reza's A Spanish Play. A former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and a graduate of The Yale School of Drama, he lives in New York City.

About the Director: Krista Scott (Director) returns to Circle Theatre after directing the revenge comedy Exit, Pursued by a Bear last summer. Her performances on Circle's stage include Bertha in Boeing, Boeing and as the Retirement Home Director in Marvin's Room. Other local roles include Vivian Bearing in Wit, Dottie in Noises Off (Theatre Arlington), Inspector Goring in The Game's Afoot (WaterTower Theatre) and Kim in First Day of School (Amphibian Productions). Other professional directing credits include Mr. & Mrs. Fitch at Amphibian Productions, The Unfortunates at Kitchen Theatre (NY), as well as Two Rooms, The Heidi Chronicles, Steel Magnolias, and eight productions of A Christmas Carol at The New

Tradition Theatre in Saint Cloud, MN, which she founded with her husband, BrIan Martinson. Krista is an assistant professor at Texas Christian University, where she directed the Theatre TCU productions of Measure for Measure, How I Learned to Drive, The Beaux' Stratagem, The Crucible, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. She is a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework instructor and was the dialect coach for the Circle Theatre production of The Whipping Man. She has also coached voice/text/dialects for The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., Casa Man?ana, Dallas Theatre Center, and numerous theaters in New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Ms. Scott received her MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota and a BFA degree in Theatre from Emporia State University. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer's Society, and an Equity Membership Candidate.

About the Play: Venus in Fur is sexy, a little dangerous, and a whole lot of fun! The play is about Thomas, a playwright/ director, who is desperate to find the right actress for his adaptation of a classic novel. Vanda, an equally desperate actress, arrives out of breath and hours late for her audition. Though completely wrong for the part, she exhibits a strange command of the material. As the two work through the script, the line between play and reality merges into an increasingly hypnotic game of submission and domination. (Adult Content & Language)

Venus in Fur opened off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company on January 13, 2010. The Manhattan Theatre Club picked up the show for a limited engagement in it's 2011-12 Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman theatre. The production moved to the Lyceum Theatre in February 2012 and closed in June 2012. The Broadway cast featured Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy with direction by Walter Bobbie. Nina Arianda won a Tony Award for her performance and the production was nominated for Best Play.




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