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May 7, 2014    Bookmark and Share

Auditions Announced for Venus in Fur

The Gaslight Theater will hold auditions for Venus in Fur, by David Ives on Sunday June 1 at 4 PM and on Wednesday June 4th at 6 pm. at Hallowell City Hall in Hallowell. The play has 2 actors, 1 male and 1 female, 25 to 40 years in age

The auditions are cold readings, some from script, and other works

The Plot:

Thomas Novachek is the writer-director of a new play opening in New York City, an adaptation of the 1870 novel "Venus in Furs" by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, which inspired the term Masochism. He is on the telephone lamenting the inadequacies of all the actresses who showed up that day to audition for the lead character, Wanda von Dunayev.

Suddenly, at the last minute, a new actress, Vanda Jordan, bursts in, the exemplar of every fault he has decried: needy, crude, compliant, desperate. She convinces him to read through his play, she as Wanda and he as Severin von Kushemski During this reading, Vanda shows astonishing insights into the novel and her character and the balance of power shifts as the actress establishes total dominance over the director, exactly as in the novel.

Production dates for Venus in Fur are July 31st, August 1st and 2nd, 7th, 8th, and 9th.

For more information contact Richard Bostwick at