Venus in Fur

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Venus in Fur

By David Ives

Directed by Jess Shoemaker

Co-Sponsored by

Char & Bill Carlson 

Dark, witty, and incredibly thought-provoking.

“This ain’t about love. It’s about getting a piece of me. You want the piece, you gotta put up with the rest of me. Isn’t that what this play’s all about?”

Thomas is a playwright-slash-director, desperately in need of an actress. A young-ish actress. A beautiful-slash-sexy actress. A sexy-slash-articulate young actress with some classical training and a particle of brain in her skull. Enter Vanda. The resulting action is more complex, and more important, than any audition.

Venus in Fur, by David Ives, is a play that has only grown more relevant since its debut in 2010 – a provocative exploration of gender roles and the intricate dynamic of artistic collaboration. The question is: can Vanda trust Thomas to open up his eyes, and see the woman standing next to him?

Contains very strong language and sensual content. Suitable for people aged over 16.

Who should I bring?

This is an exciting and challenging play. Bring a friend who is ready to discuss the show afterwards. This acting tour-de-force is only 100 minutes long (no intermission), but it packs quite a punch.

Run time: 1 1/2 hours with NO intermission (100 minutes), performed in the Dorothy B. Magnus Black Box Theater


Doug Scholz-Carlson


Anna Sundberg

Production Team

Director: Jess Shoemaker

Assistant Director: Gaby Rodriguez

Costume Designer: Hayley Ryan

Stage Manager: Kate Ocker

Special Events & Offers

PWYW (Pay What You WILL) Preview:

Catch the final stages of the rehearsal process during our PWYW Previews! You can see the show before the opening of the season and pay whatever you are able for your ticket. These tickets are not available online – call the Box Office or stop by in person to reserve a seat to the PWYW Preview performance. Then make sure to tell your friends about what you saw and invite them back for the “real” thing!

Opening Night, July 1

Shakespeare in Love kicks off our 15th Season on Friday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m. Opening Night is always an exciting event. Your Opening Night ticket to Venus in Fur will include admission to one of the Opening Weekend parties. Opening Weekend parties  include complementary food, cash bar, live music, and a chance to interact with GRSF company members. Don’t miss out on this spectacular event!

$12 Tuesday

Every Tuesday during the season is a $12 Tuesday (excludes Callithump!). All regular tickets are only $12 no matter where you sit (student tickets $10). Make sure to get yours early – these sell out quickly! $12 Tuesday for Venus in Fur is July 24th at 7:30 p.m.


  • Set Design: Donald Quilinquin
  • Lighting Design: Violet Smith
  • Costume Design: Hayley Ryan
  • Sound Design: Sidney McCarty
  • Wigs & Hair Design: Mary Capers
  • Photographer: Dan Norman

** Photo’s Will Arrive Soon **