In her Goodman mainstage debut, Joanie Schultz will direct the Chicago premiere of the Broadway play that earned two Tony nominations, two Drama League nominations and a Drama Desk nomination.
“Joanie is a rising star director who has steadily been making a name for herself all over town; we are thrilled to have her direct the Chicago premiere of Venus in Fur—a sexy, mesmerizing play by the talented David Ives,” said artistic director Robert Falls in a statement. “She’s picked two actors who are perfectly suited to these dominating characters.”
Rufus Collins (Broadway’s The Royal Family and To Be or Not To Be) will portray playwright/director Thomas Novachek, and Amanda Drinkall will be Vanda Jordan, "the preternaturally talented actress whose audition for the gifted-but-demanding playwright/director’s new work becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex."
The design team includes Todd Rosenthal (set), Mikhail Fiksel (sound), Jenny Mannis (costumes) and Keith Parham (lights). Alden Vasquez is the production stage manager, and Kathleen Petroziello is the stage manager.
Tickets, priced $25-$86, go on sale Jan. 24 and can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org/Venus, by phone at (312) 443-3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn).