Samadahi Entertainment presents
VENUS IN FUR by David Ives
Directed by Mark Blanchard
A dark comedy with exceedingly complex characters featuring Russian born multi-award-winning actress Katyusha a.k.a.Ekaterina Melnik (Vanda) and Jay Duncan (Thomas).
Set in modern New York City, Thomas Novachek, a director/playwright, has suffered through a long day of abysmal auditions for his adaptation of the German sadomasochistic novel Venus in Fur, until Vanda, a crass and pushy actress, stumbles into his audition room. Thomas agrees to let Vanda read for the role, she displays a surprising understanding of the material. Working through the script with Thomas playing the masochistic male lead, the role play becomes intense, erotic, and less like acting.
Reality and pretend become blurred lines in Venus in Fur, and the question of “who’s on top” always has a different answer.