PACA presents 'Venus in Fur'

Categories:  Arts & Culture/Entertainment    Theater    Events
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 6:05 AM
PACA presents 'Venus in Fur'  by Alex Bieler

Fun fact: Did you know that the term “masochism” was inspired by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novel Venus in Furs? The book was a hit in the pop culture, with numerous film and stage adaptations since its release. In fact, Sacher-Masoch’s work even helped inspire a play-within-a-play with playwright David Ives’ Tony Award-winning work Venus in Fur, which will be on display for a two weekend run at PACA starting Thursday, Nov. 13.

Ives’ take on the tale of female seduction and power features just two characters but packs in plenty of electric dialogue between its players. The story consists of Thomas Novacheck, a writer and director of a new adaption of  Venus in Furs, and his struggle to cast the female lead. After numerous failed attempts, a new actress by the name of Vanda Jordan tries out, leading to an intense audition.

Directed by Mark Tanenbaum and starring Abbe Tanenbaum and Thaddeus McCants, PACA’s production of   Venus in Fur offers up six opportunities to witness lessons in the joys of power and sensuality from the minds of Ives and Sacher-Masoch. 

8 p.m. Nov. 13-15 and 20-22 // 1505 State St. //

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