Venus in Fur
by David Ives.
Directed by Josephine Keefe
October 6th, 7th, & 8th @ 630PM
The Unfinished Space (Kauffman & Associates)
165 S. Howard St. Spokane, WA 99201
PREPARATION: No monologues. Be prepared for cold reads from the script.
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 Furs. 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.
–Thomas Novachek (35-45): a playwright/director looking for the perfect actress to star in his new play
–Vanda Jordan (25-35): an actress determined get the role.
SHOW DATES: November 22nd-December 8th
DIRECTORS NOTES: The casting of these two characters will come down to chemistry and the actors ability to handle the text. You will find that within the course of this fast moving 90min play, Thomas and Vanda move from the reality of the audition room to embodying the character’s and the given circumstances of Thomas’s play. Also please note the subject matter of this play requires actors very comfortable with sexual situations and content. There is no nudity. There is no kissing. The actress cast as Vanda will need to be comfortable in a faux leather body suit, thigh high stockings, and garters. The actor cast as Thomas will need to be comfortable in restraints such as a dog collar or stockings.