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Inspired by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s notorious erotic novel (which first shocked readers in 1870), Venus in Fur explores the complex relationship between sex and power. Reality and fantasy, strength and weakness, and pleasure and pain all blend together in one of the smartest and funniest plays to emerge in recent years.

When an actress arrives unscheduled for an audition, the playwright-director grudgingly allows her to try out for his new play, an adaptation of Sacher-Masoch’s novel. What begins as a normal audition quickly turns into an increasingly seductive battle for power. As the action shifts between the audition and the play-within-a-play, the two engage in a cat and mouse game where the roles of cat and mouse are completely up for grabs.

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A smart scoopful of fun, a delectably compressed actors’ pas-de-deux.

The Washington Post

A wickedly ingenious dark comedy - a knockout!

City Paper

A darkly comic and engrossing exploration of power, sexuality, and love.

Brightest Young Things


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Production Team

Gary Logan
DialectsGary Logan
Sarah Wallace
DramaturgySarah Wallace
John Keith Hall
Production Stage ManagerJohn Keith Hall