Venus in Fur 02/14–-03/03
ALLEN PARK—Outvisible Theatre Company presents David Ives’ Venus in Fur, running February 14 through March 3. Pay What You Can Shows are February 14, 18, and 25 at 8:00 pm. All tickets on weekdays available for a donation of any amount to the theater. Patrons may reserve their spot online through the box office or in-person starting one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are $25 and available online at OutvisibleTheatre.com or by calling 313-759-8350.
Venus in Fur is a modern take on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s Venus in Furs, an 1870 novella which draws on themes of female dominance and sadomasochism, a term coined for the work. David Ives’ telling of the classic tale places aspiring actress, Vanda Jordan, in an audition for Thomas Novachek’s adaptation also entitled “Venus in Fur,” reading with the adapter himself.
As the audition goes on, the lines start to blur between what is scripted and what is reality, as the two embark on a journey of dominance and submission, and who holds the power changes from line to line. As the story unfolds, it “will have you wondering at any given time, who is really holding the cards?” said Cochrane.
Outvisible advises patrons that Venus in Fur contains strong sexual content and that minors will not be permitted to see the show without parental consent.
Outvisible Theatre Company’s production of Venus in Fur is directed by Adriane Galea (Dearborn). The cast includes Dani Cochrane (Ferndale) as Vanda and Joshua Brown (Flat Rock) as Thomas. Harley Miah (Wyandotte) is lighting designer, Cheryl Zemke (Riverview) is costume designer, and Danielle Gilbert (Allen Park) is stage manager.