Venus in Fur's 2012 Broadway Engagement On Sale Starting Dec. 15

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Tickets for the spring 2012 commercial Broadway engagement of Venus in Fur go on sale Dec. 15. David Ives' dark comedy about a director auditioning a mysterious actress for a stage adaptation of an erotic novel ends its not-for-profit Broadway run at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Dec. 18 and will reconstitute at the Lyceum Theatre starting Feb. 7.

Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy
Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy Photo by Joan Marcus

As reported before, Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy will return to their roles, under the direction of Walter Bobbie.

Tickets ($30-$130; Premium: $175 for Wednesday matinees, $200 for all other performances) are now available by calling at (212) 239-6200 or at In-person sales at the Lyceum Theatre (149 W. 45th Street) begin Jan. 23.

The commercial producers who have given new arms to Venus are Jon B. Platt, Scott Landis, Manhattan Theatre Club Productions, Inc. (Lynne Meadow, artistic director; Barry Grove executive producer), Jessica R. Jenen, Scott M. Delman and Classic Stage Company.

The well-reviewed 100-minute play is set in a Manhattan rehearsal studio. As a thunderstorm booms outside, a quirky actress named Vanda — desperate to be cast in a new play — swaps roles with a young adaptor-director, Thomas, whose kinky drama about sexual power inspires tension and passion in the room.

The play premiered in early 2010 in a production by Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company, with Arianda getting raves for her breakout performance. Arianda was Tony Award-nominated for later playing Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday. MTC picked up Venus in Fur for a limited engagement in its current Broadway season at the Friedman. Emmy Award nominee Dancy ("The Big C," Journey's End) joined the production in fall 2011; for the record, Wes Bentley created the role of Thomas Off-Broadway.

The spring return of Venus in Fur is a limited commercial engagement running Feb. 7-June 17, 2012.

Here's how producers characterize Venus in Fur: "Vanda (Arianda) is a preternaturally talented young actress determined to land the lead in Thomas' (Dancy) new play based on the classic erotic novel, 'Venus in Fur.' Her emotionally-charged audition for the gifted but demanding playwright/director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex."

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