"Vanda" is a naturally talented young actress focused on landing the lead in a new play written by "Thomas" that is based on the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Vanda's sensual, emotionally charged audition insights a multitude of passions within Thomas, a demanding playwright and director. The game of cat and mouse evolves into a dance between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex.
In a rare occurrence for any Broadway production, much less a play, Venus in Fur opened on Broadway, performed its run, closed, but had so endeared itself to audiences and critics, the producers re-opened the show at a different Broadway theatre.
Venus in Fur began its first round of Preview performances on October 13, 2011, and its official Opening Night was November 8, 2011, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. After its initial run, the producers re-opened the show on February 7, 2012, at the Lyceum Theatre, where it will run until June 17, 2012. The show has caught on well with critics and audiences, extending its run several times.
Critics hailed Venus in Fur as best of the year in The New York Times, the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Time Out New York. Time will tell if Venus in Fur can stand up to other controversial plays in the 2011-2012 Broadway season.
The show stars Nina Arianda as the aspiring actress with stardom on her mind. Arianda was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award as Best Actress in a Play for her work in Born Yesterday. Broadway newcomer and Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy plays "Thomas," the director who is willing to push the boundaries of the artform.
Venus in Fur is the creation of playwrighting mastermind David Ives. The production is helmed by Tony Award-winning director Walter Bobbie, who also directed the acclaimed 1997 Tony-winning revival of Bob Fosse's Chicago.
The creative team for Venus in Fur includes a who's who of Broadway pros. Sets were designed by Tony Award-winning Scenic Designer John Lee Beatty, who is a designer on the new Broadway-centric night club "54 Below". Also on the production team are Costume Designer Anita Yavich, and Tony winning Lighting Designer Peter Kaczorowski, who also designed sound for the recent Broadway production of Wit. Sound Design is by Acme Sound Partners, who worked onthe current Broadway revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. Thomas Schall provided fight direction.Venus in Fur is produced on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre by Jon B. Platt, Scott Landis, Manhattan Theatre Club Productions, Inc. (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove Executive Producer), Jessica R. Jenen, Scott M. Delman, and Classic Stage Company. Hugh Dancy appears with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Actors’ Equity Association with this production.
Venus in Fur performs at the Lyceum Theatre located at 149 West 45th Street. The regular performance schedule of Venus in Fur is Tuesday through Thursday at 7:00 p.ma., Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
For more information on this sizzling play or to get tickets, visit the show's website.