Austin Playhouse Presents VENUS IN FUR, Now thru 1/25

Gray G. Haddock and Molly Karrasch.
Photo by Christopher Loveless.

Austin Playhouse presents Venus in Fur by David Ives, directed by Lara Toner, running now through January 25th, 2014, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX.

The smash Broadway hit, dubbed "90 minutes of good, kinky fun" by The New York Times, makes its Austin debut in a delicious new production.

All he needs is the perfect leading lady-a goddess of desire-to bring his vision to life. Thomas, a talented but demanding young writer, has meticulously adapted Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 19th century erotic novel, Venus in Fur, into a brilliant new play, but he can't find the right woman for the role. When Vanda, a scattered young actress, arrives several hours late to her audition, Thomas is unimpressed. However, Vanda soon wins over the unwitting director with her strange mastery of the material and her alarming insights into his deepest desires. Suddenly the simple audition becomes a titillating game of cat and mouse. Who leads in the dance between fantasy and reality, love and lust, seduction and submission? Venus in Fur is a sharp, hysterical romp through the treacherous politics of sex and power.

Venus in Fur stars Austin Playhouse Acting Company members Molly Karrasch as Vanda and Gray G. Haddock as Thomas. The play is directed by Lara Toner, with set design by Patrick Crowley, lighting design by Don Day, and sound design by Joel Mercado-See.

NOTE: Venus in Fur is rated R. Strictly adults only.***

History: The 2011-12 Tony Nominated comedy Venus in Fur opened on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on November 8, 2011. It starred Nina Arianda as Vanda and Hugh Dancy as Thomas with Walter Bobbie directing. The Broadway production received Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Actress in a Play.

The play is written by award-winning playwright David Ives, and is the first of two Ives' plays being produced in Austin Playhouse's 2013-2014 Season. The second is Ives' adaptation of Pierre Corneille's 17th century farce, The Liar, running February 7 - March 9, 2014.

Tickets: $24 Thursday/Friday; $26 Saturday/Sunday. Contact the box office at 512.476.0084. Or, for tickets and more information, go online at

DISCOUNTS: All student tickets are half-price. $3 discount for Seniors 65 and up. THURSDAYS: Limited Pick-Your-Price Rush tickets will be available at the box office one hour prior to showtime for each Thursday performance.

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