Nominated for the 2012 Tony Award as Best Play, Venus in Fur "follows Vanda, an unusually talented young actress determined to land the lead in Thomas' new play based on the classic erotic novel, 'Venus in Fur,'" according to PTC. "Vanda's emotionally charged audition for the demanding playwright/director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex."
The commercial Broadway production continues at the Lyceum Theatre following a run in Manhattan Theatre Club's season and an earlier Off-Broadway production by Classic Stage Company. Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie directed in New York City.
PTC's relationship with writer Ives began with a production of All in the Timing (1994), nominated for three Barrymore Awards, and continued with the world premiere of Lives of the Saints directed by John Rando (1999), nominated for a Best New Play Barrymore Award. His new translation of Georges Feydeau's classic farce A Flea in Her Ear won Chicago's Jefferson Award. His play New Jerusalem, about the excommunication of Baruch Spinoza, won a Hull-Warriner Award. Ives is a regular adapter at New York's Encores! series of classic American musicals in concert, having worked on two or three productions each season for the last 15 years. His Encores! adaptation of Wonderful Town subsequently moved to Broadway where it garnered five Tony nominations including Best Revival of a Musical.
As previously reported, PTC's 2012-13 season also includes the world premiere of the musical Stars of David, based on the book by Abigail Pogrebin, adapted by Charles Busch, and directed by Gordon Greenberg (Oct. 17-Nov. 11); The Mountaintop by Katori Hall (Jan. 18-Feb. 10, 2013); and Seminar by Theresa Rebeck (March 15-April 7, 2013).