San Jose, CA – January 12, 2015 – San Jose Stage Company presents David Ives’ Tony Nominated Venus in Fur, with previews on February 4, 5, 6, press opening , and running through .
David Ives’ new play Venus in Fur has received multi-awards, including Tony Nomination for Best Play (2012). The play was also made into a Roman Polanski film, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, also receiving multiple awards.
Venus in Fur is a sexy, provocative and funny. When young actress Vanda arrives several hours late to her audition for a play based upon the nineteenth century erotic novel by author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (the inspiration for the term Masochism), the playwright-director, Thomas Novachek, is less than impressed. But 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. David Ives’ modern adaptation of Venus in Fur is perfectly suited to The Stage in this mesmerizing two-person drama within a drama.
“The Stage is committed to presenting new work that provokes, engages, and deepens our perspectives,” noted Artistic Director Randall King. “David Ives’ new play Venus in Fur turns up the heat and raises the stakes in the classic battle of the sexes, illuminating timeless issues around gender, status and power -- we expect the play to stimulate, open up and expand the conversation.”
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Johnny Moreno* (Thomas Novachek) returns to The Stage, where he was last seen as Starbuck in The Rainmaker. Last season, at The Stage, Johnny portrayed MacHeath in The Threepenny Opera for which he received ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ at the Theatre Bay Area Awards (2014). Other roles for the company include Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blade to the Heat, Gibraltar and the title role in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. His other theater credits include. Promises, Promises, Camelot, My Fair Lady and Period of Adjustment at SF Playhouse, Displaced at Marin Theatre Company, Mary Stuart at American Conservatory Theater and Pentecost at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. His television and film credits include Betas, Callback (winner of the Chicago Indie Fest for Best Film), Upside Out (with Olympia Dukakis), Garden of Eden and I’m Still Here.
Allison F. Rich* (Vanda), an Associate Artist with the Company, returns to The Stage, where she was seen as Lizzie in The Rainmaker. Last season, she portrayed Lucy in The Threepenny Opera and was nominated as Best Featured Actress in a Musical by Theatre Bay Area Awards. Other credits with the company include, Bonnie in the new musical Bonnie & Clyde, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Reefer Madness: The Musical (where she also served as Musical Director), the World Premiere of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, the Regional Premiere of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (where she also served as Musical Director), the Regional Premiere of Reasons To Be Pretty and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. She has appeared at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Capital Stage Company and 42nd Street Moon.
THE CREATIVE TEAM:
San Jose Stage Company’s production of VENUS IN FUR will be directed by Kimberly Mohne Hill. Set Design by Richard C. Ortenblad, Costume Design by Jean Cardinale, Lighting Design by Maurice Vercoutere and Sound Design by Cliff Caruthers.
SHOWS: Wednesdays and Thursdays at
Fridays and Saturdays at
WHERE: The Stage - 490 South First Street, San Jose, CA
TICKETS: $25.00 - $65.00
Discounts for Students, Seniors and Groups
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About San Jose Stage Company:
Now celebrating it’s 32nd season, San Jose Stage Company is the South Bay’s leading professional theatre. The Stage is an award-winning theatre recognized for its devotion to new and cutting-edge work and for its commitment to showcasing high-quality talent.
Ranked the 2nd largest theatre and 8th largest performance arts organization in Silicon Valley (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal), San Jose Stage Company is an award-winning theatre, most recently earning (4) Theatre Bay Area Awards, including Best Musical Production of the Year 2014 for ‘THE THREEPENNYOPERA’ held at ACT (San Francisco). The Stage has earned a reputation for artistic excellence by providing high quality, edgy theatrical experiences that engage, educate and provoke audiences. San Jose Stage Company has produced over 155 productions, including 13 world premieres and 45 regional new works.
Annually, The Stage employs over 150 artists, serves a diverse audience of 30,000, offers five core education and outreach programs and has housed over 500 independent performance groups. Located at the Gateway to the City’s Arts and Entertainment District, San Jose Stage Company, the SoFA Districts first arts anchor organization, continues to promote San Jose’s stature as a burgeoning regional arts center by providing live theatre experiences that enrich the quality of life in the community.