P hiladelphia Theatre Company announces Venus in Fur by David Ives will concludes its 2012-2013 season May 24-June 23, 2013. Nominated this season for a Tony Award for 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. 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.
Venus in Fur premiered Off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company in 2010 and moved to Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel Friedman Theatre on Broadway. It transferred again to the Lyceum Theater on Broadway in February and has been nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Play.
PTC has a long relationship with David Ives which began with a production of All in the Timing (PTC 1994), nominated for three Barrymore Awards, and continued with the world premiere of Lives of the Saints directed by John Rando (PTC 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 and his play New Jerusalem about the excommunication of Baruch Spinoza, won a Hull-Warriner Award. Ives is a regular adapter at New York’s celebrated Encores! series of classic American musicals in concert, having worked on two or three productions each season for the last fifteen years. His Encores! adaptation of Wonderful Town subsequently moved to Broadway where it garnered five Tony nominations including Best Revival of a Musical.
Venus in Fur completes PTC’s 2012-2013 season which 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 (October 17-November 11); The Mountaintop by Katori Hall (January 18-February 10); and Seminar by Theresa Rebeck (March 15-April 7).