Writer-director of new play Thomas is on the phone lamenting about the quality of the actresses that have showed up for the audition for lead role in his adaptation of erotic novel Venus in Fur when the seemingly clueless Vanda waltzes in at the very last minute. Over the course of their interaction, she cajoles, charms and guilts him into letting her try out for the lead female character, switching between wannabe actress and sensual seductress, and back again, in a blink of an eye, and slowly exerts her dominance and power over the intrigued, and eventually submissive Thomas.
Adapted from a novella by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (whose name inspired the term masochism), David Ives' Venus in Fur is a dark, dangerous, and deliciously erotic cat-and-mouse game that leads you through psychosexual games in two realities -- between Thomas and Vanda, and between the Victorian male and female characters of the play their audition is based on.
Along the way, the shift in power balance is apparent as the mysterious surrounding Vanda are lathered on while the layers around the initially-composed Thomas are peeled off. But while the themes are dark, the mood is always kept comically racy. Together, the dynamic between Thomas and Vanda is one that's funny yet mysterious, sensual yet unsettling.
From the company that brought you The Pillowman and Blackbird, the Singapore Repertory Theatre now presents a sizzling and evocative production that promises to leave you hot under the collar.
Venus in Fur
Dates: 15 - 30 March 2013
Prices: From S$30 (excluding booking fees)
Venue: DBS Arts Centre -- Home of SRT
Ticketing: SISTIC at +65 6348 5555 or www.sistic.com.sg
Early Bird Promotion: With every purchase of 2 or more tickets, you will stand a chance to win a 2 day 1 night staycation in Capri Hotel Residence. 10 packages up for grabs. Valid with purchase in a single receipt from 16 Jan – 16 Feb 2013.
The Singapore Repertory Theatre is giving away two pairs of preview tickets to Venus in Fur happening on 15 March 2013 at the DBS Arts Centre at 8pm. To stand a chance of winning, simply email your answers to the question: "what are the names of the characters in 'Venus in Fur'" to email@example.com along with your full name, IC number, and phone number. Contest closes 28 February 2013. Good luck!
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