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Venus Revival 2017

Ages: 16+
Opened: May 15, 2017
Closing: June 04, 2017

Venus - 2017 - Off-Broadway History , Info & More

The Pershing Square Signature Center [Irene Diamond Stage]
480 West 42nd Street (between Dyer and 10th Avenues) New York, NY 10036

Traveling from her home in southern Africa for what she hoped would be a better life, Saartjie Baartman became an unfortunate star on the 19th Century London freak show circuit. This Obie Award-winning play gives vibrant life to the story of Baartman's journey to London, her rise to fame as the "Hottentot Venus," and her eventual relationship with a French scientist. Inspired by the true story of Baartman, Venus is a tragic-carnival, an intense and devastating journey honoring the life of Baartman and examining the way we live and love today.

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BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' Devastating VENUS Explores the Tragedy of Saartjie Baartman
by Michael Dale - May 23, 2017

Traditionally, the human beings with uncommon attributes who are featured as carnival side-show attractions can hold a certain degree of power in their profession. It is their indisputable reality that adds an illusion of legitimacy to the flim-flam and shenanigans that fill out the rest of the show. Those who may appear to audiences as the most pitiable and exploited might very well be the ones taking in the biggest cuts of the profits.

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Celebrates Opening Night of VENUS
by Jennifer Broski - May 16, 2017

Signature Theatre presents Venus, written by Residency One playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Obie Award-winner Lear deBessonet. BroadwayWorld is taking you inside opening night below!

Photo Flash: First Look at Zainab Jah and More in VENUS at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - April 27, 2017

Signature Theatre presents Venus, written by Residency One playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Obie Award-winner Lear deBessonet. BroadwayWorld has a first look at Zainab Jah and company onstage below!

Venus History

Other Productions of Venus

1996   Off-Broadway
2017   Off-Broadway Signature Theatre Revival

Venus - 2017 Off-Broadway Awards and Nominations

Note: Award winners will appear on a background
Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2018 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Costume Design for a Play Emilio Sosa