Take a First Look at Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus at the Signature

Production Photos   Take a First Look at Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus at the Signature
Eclipsed star Zainab Jah, Tony nominee John Ellison Conlee, and The Father’s Hannah Cabell star in the Off-Broadway staging.
Cast of Venus at the Signature Theatre Joan Marcus

Performances began April 25 for Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus at the Signature Theatre. Directed by Obie Award winner Lear deBessonet, the play depicts the real-life journey of Saartjie Baartman, the unfortunate star of 19th century London’s freak show circuit.

Venus is playing in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center through June 4. The production will officially open May 15.

Flip through the production photos below:

Venus chronicles the unexpected—and devastating—rise to fame of Baartman, who traveled from southern Africa to London in search of a better life, but became known as “Hottentot Venus” and paraded on the freak show circuit because of her large buttocks. The play details her relationship with a French scientist, and offers a unique perspective on the way we live and love today.

To purchase tickets call Ticket Services at (212) 244-7529 or visit SignatureTheatre.org.


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