The Gaslight Theater Presents VENUS IN FUR, 8/1-7
This play examines the roles of dominance in life. Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, 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. When Vanda arrives several hours late to her audition for a play based on a nineteenth-century erotic novel, the director, Thomas, is less than impressed. Though initially utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material and the main character, piquing Thomas' interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. Vanda's masterful performance flips the script on Thomas' expectations and turns the session into a tango for dominance between actress and director, woman and man. Hailed as "seriously smart and very funny" by The New York Times, Venus in Fur is a laugh-out-loud study of the politics of sex and power that's guaranteed to charm and mesmerize.
As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of that only one of them can win. A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives.
The play features Jason Laptewicz as Thomas and Abby Crocker as Vanda.
Please note, Venus in Fur contains adult content.
What have the critics said about this mysterious, funny, erotic drama?
"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. Actors 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.
August 1st and 2nd, 7:30 pm
August 3rd, 2:00 pm matinee
August 7th, 8th and 9th, 7:30 pm
The August 1st performance will be ASL sign interpreted!
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors- Tickets can be reserved by calling 207-626-3698 or visiting gaslighttheater.org.
Venus in Fur is present by special arrangement with Dramatist's s Play Service, Inc.; New York. 33
Gaslight Theater, Hallowell City Hall, P.O. Box 345, Hallowell, ME 04347