The Unicorn Theatre opens its 40th season with David Ives two person comedy Venus in Fur. Ives is a contemporary American playwright from Chicago. The Unicorn production is directed by Cynthia Levin, a 35 year veteran of the Unicorn. Last season Levin directed My Name is Asher Lev, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and the world premiere of The Soul Collector.
Venus in Fur premiered Off-Broadway in 2010 at the Classic Stage Company and in 2012 made its Broadway debut. The play centers on Thomas the playwright and director who is trying to find a female to play the lead in the adaption of the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur.
It is obvious that the actress auditioning for Vanda is wrong for the part. Thomas can’t help but to be intrigued by her seductive talents and secretive manner. Working through the script the two enter a game of submission and domination.
Vanessa Severo returns to the Unicorn to star as Vanda. Severo previously was seen at the Unicorn in Motherf**ker With The Hat, Green Whales and the Clean House. She has also appeared at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Musical Heritage Theater, The Living Room Theatre and the Shakespeare Festival among other venues.
Starring as Thomas will be Rusty Sneary. Sneary has previously at the Unicorn in The Pillowman, Frozen, Take Me Out, The Exonerated, Omnium Gatherum, Distracted and Next Fall. He has performed with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Living Room Theatre and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.
Venus in Fur will be performed on the Jerome Stage at the Unicorn Theatre located at 3828 Main in Kansas City, Mo. Performance will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 8 p.m.
The show runs from Sept. 4 to Sept. 29 with talk back performances on the 10th, 15th and 22nd. Talk back performances allow the audience to discuss the play with the actors and directors. Preview nights will be Sept. 4, 5 and 6. Contact the Unicorn Theatre at 816-531-7529 for ticket information.