Nina Arianda returns to play Vanda, again under the direction of Walter Bobbie. Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy ("The Big C," Broadway's Journey's End) is new to the production, playing Thomas, a demanding theatre artist who has written a play based on the erotic novel "Venus in Fur." Vanda is a gifted actress who wants the lead role. Her audition is billed as "an electrifying game of cat and mouse blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex."
Here's a look at the show:
Venus in Fur, With Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy, on Broadway
Manhattan Theatre Club is producing the 90-minute play at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Opening night is Nov. 8.
Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie (Broadway's Chicago, Off-Broadway's current The Submission), the production will play a limited ten-week engagement, with tickets on sale through Dec. 18. The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Anita Yavich (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Acme Sound Partners (sound design) and Thomas Schall (fight direction).
Venus in Fur had its world premiere by Classic Stage Company in January 2010, where it won raves and became a sold-out hit, extending twice at CSC's home on East 13th Street. The production received two Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Play, an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, and three Lucille Lortel Award nominations. For the production, Arianda received a Theatre World Award, the Clarence Derwent Award, the Clive Barnes Award, and Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations. (For the record, Off-Broadway, Thomas was played by Wes Bentley.)
Playwright David Ives and director Walter Bobbie worked together on MTC's 2003 production of Ives' Polish Joke, which featured Bobbie. They also have a long history working together as playwright and director, on Encores! productions as well as The School for Lies and New Jerusalem.
Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, online by visiting www.Telecharge.com or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $57-$121.
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