Venus in Fur
by David Ives
directed by Casey Stangl
October 5, 2014 - October 26, 2014

Auditions are over for the day, and Thomas still hasn’t found the perfect actress for his adaptation of a 19th century erotic novel. [Thunderclap!]  Vanda stumbles into the bare rehearsal studio, soaking wet and hours late.  Before he can stop her, Vanda strips down to saucy lingerie, wiggles into a white period dress, and mysteriously—hilariously—becomes the elusive leading lady.  But the battle for sexual dominance that follows is not limited to the script in what The New York Times called “90 minutes of good, kinky fun.”

Previews: October 5-9, 2014
Opening Night: October 10, 2014
Regular Performances: October 11-26, 2014

Recommendation: For adults.  Sexual situations and language.  Strobe effects.

Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

David Ives is perhaps best known for his evening of one-act plays, All in the Timing—he has been included in the Best Short Plays series seven times)—and for his drama Venus in Fur, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. His plays include New Jerusalem: the Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza; The School for Lies (adapted from Molière’s The Misanthrope); The Liar (adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille); Time Flies; and Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain). He has also translated Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear and Yasmina Reza’s A Spanish Play. A former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and a graduate of The Yale School of Drama, he lives in New York City.
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Graham Hamilton (Thomas) previously appeared at SCR in Becky Shaw, Saturn Returns and Hamlet. Last year, Hamilton produced and starred alongside Jaimi Paige in the West Coast premiere of Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm. The production won three LA Weekly Awards, and received Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and Ovation nominations. He has performed on stages across the country and, in 2011, received the Helen Hayes Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Hamlet at the Folger Shakespeare Library. His television appearances include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “CSI,” “Company Town,” “Touch,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Big Love,” “Ugly Betty,” “Cold Case,” “Guiding Light,” and national ad campaigns for Volkswagen, Miller Lite, Norelco, Apple and Samsung. A Boomerang Grant recipient and member of The Antaeus Company, Hamilton earned his BFA from The Juilliard School. He currently serves as chairman of the West LA/Malibu Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots, environmental nonprofit dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches.

Jaimi Paige (Vanda) is making her SCR debut. She was most recently seen in Tender Napalm at Six01 Studio. Her other Los Angeles stage credits include Ghosts and Great Expectations at A Noise Within; The Collector, Jesse Boy and Green Eyes/Rooming House at Ruskin Theatre Group; and Sleeping Ugly at Santa Monica Playhouse. Her other notable stage credits include Juliet (Romeo & Juliet), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Girl in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes, featured at the Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival. Her television and film credits include “The Mentalist,” “Medium,” “Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side,” “Diagnosis X,” the feature film Peacock and the upcoming feature film Within the Dark.
Creative Team
Casey Stangl (Director) returns to SCR after directing Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Sofia Alvarez’s Between Us Chickens and many Theatre for Young Audiences plays. Her recent projects include The Curse of Oedipus for The Antaeus Company, Venus in Fur for American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and First Person: Seeing America, a multi-media piece with Ensemble Galilei. Nationally, Stangl’s work has been seen at the Humana Festival/Actors Theatre of Louisville, Guthrie Theater, Denver Center Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Portland Stage Company, HERE Arts Center, Minnesota Opera, Juilliard Opera Center and many others. She was the founding artistic director of Eye of the Storm Theatre in Minneapolis—a company devoted to new work—for which she was named Minnesota Artist of the Year. Her short film C U @ ED’S has screened at film festivals across the country and won numerous awards.

Keith Mitchell (Scenic Design) is delighted to return to SCR where he recently designed Fast Company. By day, Mitchell is an Emmy Award-winning art director and works on a variety of television and film projects. He has designed productions for The Antaeus Company, 24th St. Theatre, A Noise Within, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Geffen Playhouse, Getty Villa, Bootleg Theater, Evidence Room, Lewis Family Playhouse, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Artworks, and he created a 24-hour installation for Glow at Venice Beach. He has designed more than 20 shows for The Falcon Theatre, including The Value of Names, with the late Jack Klugman (Ovation Award for Scenic Design). He was the principal developing artist for the Childsplay production Rock, Scissors, Paper, which was awarded a Multi-Arts Production (MAP), Rockefeller Grant. He just concluded his 12th season as scenic consultant for Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Summersounds, World Music and Art for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl.

David Kay Mickelsen (Costume Design) has designed more than 300 productions at the nation’s leading theatres, including SCR; Guthrie Theater; Denver Center Theatre Company (59 productions); Arizona Theatre Company (47 productions); The Cleveland Play House (21 productions); Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (14 productions); Ford’s Theatre; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Geffen Playhouse; Pasadena Playhouse; Laguna Playhouse; The Old Globe; San Diego Repertory Theatre; A Contemporary Theatre; the Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Illinois Shakespeare festivals; Studio Arena Theatre; Portland Center Stage; Northlight Theatre; Pioneer Theatre Company; GeVa Theatre; The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis; Tennessee Repertory Theatre; Missouri Repertory Theatre; Sundance Theatre Festival; New Mexico Repertory Theatre; Pennsylvania Center Stage; Florida Stage; The Maltz-Jupiter Theatre; Ensemble Studio Theatre; Irish Repertory Theatre; Theatre of the Open Eye; Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre; The Hampton Playhouse; and Timberlake Playhouse. Originally from Canby, Ore., he graduated with an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and is a member of the United Scenic Artists.

Elizabeth Harper (Lighting Design) returns to SCR, where she previously designed Reunion. Her regional credits include A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Phylicia Rashad (Center Theatre Group, 2011 Ovation Award nominee for Best Lighting Design, 2012 NAACP Theatre Award nominee for Best Lighting Design), Play Dead (directed by Teller), Wait Until Dark and Good People (Geffen Playhouse, 2012 Ovation Award nominee for Best Lighting Design). Her Los Angeles credits include The Twentieth-Century Way (The Theatre @ Boston Court, 2010 Ovation Award nominee for Best Lighting Design) and Crescent City (The Industry). She has served as a technical consultant for art installations at LACMA and Greene Naftali. Her industrial lighting projects include shows and events for Microsoft, On-Live, Ubisoft and Universal Studios. Harper holds an MFA in design for stage and film from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She is a guest lighting design instructor and lecturer at California Institute of the Arts.

Jeff Polunas (Sound Design) is thrilled to be designing for this production at SCR. Polunas received his MFA in sound design at UC Irvine and is currently the production sound engineer at CSU Fullerton. He has designed more than 90 productions in his career. His credits include Ivy & Bean, the Musical; Anastasia Krupnik; Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!; and Between Us Chickens (South Coast Repertory); The Full Monty, Peter Pan, The Wedding Singer and The Producers (Summer Repertory Theatre); and Company, Much Ado About Nothing and The Importance of Being Earnest (PCPA Theaterfest). He has been nominated four times for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Regional Sound Design Award.

Jennifer Ellen Butler (Stage Manager) has been a part of the stage management team at SCR for 12 seasons and more than 40 productions. Her other theatre credits include Laguna Playhouse, Utah Shakespearean Festival, California Shakespeare Theatre, TheatreWorks, Perseverance Theatre, Spoleto Festival USA and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. She also has stage-managed operas for Long Beach Opera and Pacific Repertory Opera. Butler has a BA in theatre arts from UC Santa Cruz and has been a member of Actors’ Equity since 2007.
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