Venus in fur
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. A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives.
"The teeter-tottering test of wills that takes place in VENUS IN FUR makes even the most fraught encounter between a domineering director and a sensitive performer seem like a play date in the sandbox. Actors may be pleased to hear that in this ninety minutes of good, kinky fun, the upper hand does not necessarily belong to the usual suspect." —NY Times. "VENUS IN FUR invites both carnal and cerebral excitement…" —Village Voice. "Ives has crafted a modern take on a classic tale, skillfully twisting his plot and characters in a fast-paced journey into one man's entrapment by a clever, vengeful female." —Associated Press. "You want funny? You want sexy? Then you'll want to see VENUS IN FUR." —New Jersey Newsroom.
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 8pm
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8pm
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 8pm
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8pm
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 8pm
Friday, March 1, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 8pm
Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3pm
about the venue
Slipstream Theatre Initiative
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Ferndale, MI 48220
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Dani is excited to be making her Outvisible debut! Recent credits include: Birthday Candles at Detroit Public Theatre, Gruesome Playground Injuries with Kickshaw Theatre, Our Lady of Poison at Williamston Theatre and Boeing Boeing at Tipping Point Theatre. She holds an MFA in acting from The Hilberry Repertory Program, as well as a BFA in Theatre from Wayne State University, and a certification from the Moscow Art Theatre School. She wants to thank her husband and daughter for always helping her keep a sense of play in everything she does, all the wonderful folks at Outvisible for this amazing opportunity, and you, for supporting local theatre! DaniCochrane.com
Joshua Brown is proud to take the Outvisible stage for the first time. He previously appeared in Open Book Theatre Companies production of Ada and the Engine as Lord Lovelace. He has also been seen recently in The Matrix Theatre Company production of Dream Deferred: Detroit ’67, The DIO production of Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, and Monster Box Theatre production of Coastal Disturbances. He also worked for Two Muses Theatre, Planet Ant Theatre and Tipping Point Theatre. Joshua can also be seen in the ANAWIM Productions motion picture directed by Jasmine Rivera, “American Prophet” as Paul Ewell. Joshua would like to thank his wife Staci, his parents Bob and Wendy, and his friends for their continued love and support.
Meet the Production Team
Adriane Galea is the Artistic Director of Outvisible as well as the Executive Director of its parent organization, Center Stage Studios, where she teaches voice, piano, and acting. Past stage credits: Cathy in The Last Five Years, Woman 1 in Songs for a New World, Li’l Bit in How I Learned To Drive (reading), and Mama Noah in Children of Eden. Select directing credits: Constellations, A Human Being Died That Night, Oleanna, Cagebirds (Wilde Award nomination, Best Teamwork), and Dog Sees God (Outvisible), Be A Good Little Widow (Open Book Theatre), and in addition to the wonderful shows she will be directing next season at Outvisible, she is overjoyed to return to Open Book next March to direct The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Adriane serves on the Board of Directors of the American Guild of Music and An Amazing Woman Foundation, and she is proud to hold Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan!
Harley Miah is a professional in the entertainment technology industry. He is a freelance lighting programmer for a large number of nightclubs, concerts and festivals across the country, and the chief lighting designer for IKO Global Productions. Harley has designed lights for all of the shows at Outvisible since it's inception in 2016. He is also the resident lighting designer for the Open Book Theatre Company in Trenton, where he designed the lights for all the shows in Open Book’s shows and earned a Wilde Award for Best Design - Lights for his work on Red in 2015. When not working in the theater, Harley spends his time painting, building Lego stages, loitering in museums, and seeing as many shows as he can in this great theatre community we have in Southeast Michigan. He hopes you do the same.
Cheryl Zemke is a Multi Award winning established fashion designer, owner of C. Creations Custom Sewing & Design, and the Creator/Senior Editor of Dedicated Magazine. Cheryl was born and raised in southern Michigan, alumna of Lawrence Technological University BSBA, Associate degree from International Academy of Merchandising and Design and has been in business for herself since 2002. This is her first season as Costume Designer at Outvisible theatre and brings with her experience in fashion history and design. She has worked previously with Water Works Shakespeare in the Park and with Open Book Theatre in Trenton. Zemke produces her own successful fashion runway shows, and has participated at a featured designer in the best Metro Detroit area shows (like Fashion Massacre, Fashion in Detroit, Michigan Fashion Week, Walk, Michigan International Women’s expo, and RAINN). Her garment label, C3, sells at fashion sand artisan shows and by private appointments. You can follow her on Facebook/Instagram @c3fashions and @dedicatedmag, Twitter @cherylzemke, and website