Press Release - Venus in Fur

A Scintillating Power Play For Dominance in Venus in Fur at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2014)—Fantasy and reality begin to blur as an audition takes an erotic turn in Venus in Fur, the first play on the Julianne Arygros Stage for the 2014-15 season. South Coast Repertory veteran Casey Stangl returns to direct David Ives’s comedy, Oct. 5-26. Tickets are available at

Auditions are over for the day, and Thomas still hasn’t found the perfect actress for his adaptation of a 19th-century erotic novel. 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 becomes his elusive leading lady. But will the power play for sexual dominance be limited to the stage? This play is recommended for adults as it contains sexual situations and language.

Venus in Fur
received critical acclaim for its Broadway production in 2012. The New York Times described it as, “…something darker, stranger and altogether more delicious: a suspense-packed study of the erotics.” It received two Tony Award Nominations for Best New Play and Actress in a New Play with the production taking home the later. Since then it has received numerous productions across the country and even a film adaptation in 2014.

This production marks the second time in one year that Casey Stangl has directed a production of Venus in Fur and she is looking forward to exploring this play again at SCR.

“I'm thrilled to revisit this sexy, funny and provocative play with such a stellar cast in this all-new production at SCR,” Stangl said. “The play is a wonderful exploration of the shifting dynamics of power and the secrets we all keep. I’m looking forward to new discoveries. It’s one of those rare pieces that is both provocative and incredibly entertaining.”

Stangl is a regular at SCR with numerous productions under her belt. Her previous SCR credits include Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or the vibrator play, the workshop production of Sofia Alvarez’s Between Us Chickens and Theatre for Young Audiences productions of Anastasia Krupnik and James and the Giant Peach. Stangl’s resume includes work all over the country, including the Guthrie Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

The cast for Venus in Fur includes Graham Hamilton and Jaimi Paige.

The design and creative team includes Keith Mitchell, scenic design; David Kay Mickelsen, costume design; Elizabeth Harper, lighting design; and Jeff Polunas; sound design. The show’s production manager is Jackie Hill and the stage manager is Jennifer Ellen Butler. 

Venus in Fur
is generously supported by Honorary Producers Geoff and Valerie Fearns. The media partner for Venus in Fur is Coast Magazine. 

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, full-time educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

Related Information for Venus in Fur

 May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Oct. 5-26. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced preview performances run Oct. 5-9. 

Performance Dates, Times:

  • Previews
    • Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 7-9, 7:45 p.m.
      Note: Friday, Oct. 10, is an invitation-only performance
  • Regular performances
    Special notes: There are no Monday performances. There is no evening performance on Sunday, Oct. 26.
    • Evenings:
      • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-19, Oct. 25, at 7:45 p.m.
      • Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 14-17 and Oct. 21-24, 7:45 p.m
    • Matinees:
      • Saturdays-Sundays, Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-19, and Oct. 25-26, at 2 p.m.
    • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m.
  • Special Events:
    • Post-Show Discussions: Tuesday, Oct. 14, and Wednesday, Oct. 15. Discuss the play with cast members of Venus in Fur during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Julianne Argyros Stage.
    • Inside the Season: Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from SCR's production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of Venus in Fur. The event includes a guided tour of the set. Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Upcoming Productions
: Venus in Fur, Oct. 5-26; Zealot, Oct. 17-Nov. 16; Charlotte's Web, Nov. 7-23; and A Christmas Carol (the 35th Anniversary), Nov. 28-Dec. 27.  More information is available online:

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.