The Blue Slipper Theatre will present performances of David Ives’ Venus in Fur April 21st through May 7th. Friday and Saturday showings will begin at 8pm, along with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets for all performances are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.
Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress—oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas’ interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. Venus in Fur is a fascinating look at seduction, tactic, and intention. A psychological power play, with an altogether unexpected and kinky resolution. A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives. Sherry Pikul, a graduate of Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts, directs the Livingston production. Ives’ Venus in Fur was originally produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2011.
The Blue Slipper Theatre continues its tradition of offering the best in community theater as it has for 50 years. Located in the heart of Livingston’s historic downtown district, the theatre produces four or five full-length productions each season, with a variety of comedic and dramatic selections included in the annual lineup. The Blue Slipper hosts touring productions, music, and comedy throughout the year and offers a holiday variety program to the public free of charge. The Blue Slipper also sponsors a Kids Playwriting Festival in the spring to give area students the opportunity to write, direct, and star in their own plays. The theatre is located at 113 E. Callender St. For tickets or more information, call (406) 222-7720 or visit www.blueslipper.com/. •