Thursday, August 22, 2013

Venus in Fur Opens Sept 6

Iowa City, Iowa – Kinky is classic. Riverside Theatre opens their season with the sexy, whip-smart comedy, VENUS IN FUR by David Ives, directed by Sean Christopher Lewis, featuring Saffron Henke and Jess Prichard. Shows run Thursday – Sunday, September 6 – 29, 2013. Tickets: Adults, $25-30; Youth/Student Rush, $15. Performance and ticket information available online at, or by calling the Riverside Theatre Box Office, 319-338-7672. Riverside Theatre is located at 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City, Iowa.

About the Play

In the play, Thomas, a director and playwright, has adapted a juicy 19th century novel into a sizzling modern theatre script - but it needs the perfect actress - seductive, clever, and powerful. The last audition of the day with an unknown named Vanda forces Thomas to embody the roles in ways he had only dared to imagine. A sexy, whip-smart comedy.

The Broadway hit, VENUS IN FUR, called by the Daily News, “A tasty, triple-layer cake of a play,” centers its plot around a playwright’s fascination with a real book, Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, published in 1870. The content of the book led to the creation of the word “masochism”, coined from the author’s name. David Ives’ play, set in modern times, takes the sexiness of the original story and infuses comedy and insight.

The Cast and Crew of Riverside Theatre’s Production

VENUS IN FUR is brought to life by professional designers Shawn Ketchum Johnson (Scenic and Lighting Designer), Osean Perez (Costume Designer) and Sean Christopher Lewis (Sound Designer).

Saffron Henke (Vanda, Venus in Fur) most recently appeared in Working Group Theatre’s production of The Broken Chord and The Syringa Tree at Riverside in 2011. Saffron has worked as a professional actor, director, and educator, receiving her M.F.A. from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington. She has performed with many prominent theatres including Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Idaho Rep, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Recklinghausen Ruhrfestspiele in Germany. Her on-camera resume includes a web series for HBO’s True Blood, and the character Fiona in the online series for Web Therapy. Ms. Henke is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Jess Prichard (Thomas, Venus in Fur) appeared in Riverside's Hamlet and The School for Scandal. He has worked with Great River Shakespeare, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and Artists Repertory Theatre. Mr. Prichard holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a certified Alexander Technique teacher and a novice Dog Whisperer.

Sean Christopher Lewis (director and sound designer) has worked with several organizations including the Adirondack Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Kennedy Center, and the Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival (Kigali, Rwanda). Mr. Lewis was also co-writer and director on the feature film THESE HOPELESS SAVAGES starring Matt Dellapina (NBC's DO NO HARM) and Mackenzie Meehan (Martin Scorcese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET).


Show dates:
Fri/Sat/Sun Sept 6-8
Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun Sept 12-15
Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun Sept 19-22
Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun Sept 26-29
Show times: All Thurs-Sat shows, 7:30PM; Sunday shows at 2:00PM

(Source: Riverside Press Release)

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