Overview

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Traveling from her home in southern Africa for what she hoped would be a better life, Saartjie Baartman became an unfortunate star on the 19th Century London freak show circuit. This Obie Award-winning play gives vibrant life to the story of Baartman’s journey to London, her rise to fame as the “Hottentot Venus,” and her eventual relationship with a French scientist. Inspired by the true story of Baartman, Venus is a tragic-carnival, an intense and devastating journey honoring the life of Baartman and examining the way we live and love today.

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"Devastating! Has lost none of its power to upset and appall."
- Sandy MacDonald, Time Out New York
 
"Vivid and visually striking! Resilience, humor and love run through the show."
- Elisabeth Vincentelli, Newsday


Pictured above: Zainab Jah in Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Dates
April 25 - June 4, 2017
Price
All tickets $30
Running Time
2 hours 15 minutes, with one intermission
Residency
Please note: this production contains simulated nudity.

Performance Extras

Signature Spotlight Series

Sponsored by American Express
 
Talkback_Icon_Signature-01.png  Talkbacks (post-show)

May 2, 18, 23 & 30
Chat after the show with the cast and creative team about their process creating the production.

Page-to-Stage_Icon_Signature-01.png  Page to Stage (Pre-Show)

May 4 at 6:00pm
Hear the full story on how playwright Suzan-Lori Parks transformed an idea into a play through a moderated discussion with members of the Artistic Team.  

Worldoftheplay_Icon_Signature-01.png  World of the play

May 20 at 4:30pm
Body/Image: Creating and Maintaining Intersectionality in the Arts

BackstagePass_Icon_Signature-01.png  Backstage Pass (Pre-Show)

May 25 at 6:00pm
Get an inside look at the mechanics behind the magic in this pre-show discussion withVenus costume designer Emilio Sosa.

BookClub_Icon_Signature-01.png  Signature Book Club

June 1 at 7:30pm
Delve into the context of a Signature playwright’s work by discussing a related book or play and explore theatre's connection to other art forms through a guided discussion with Signature's literary staff.

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Champagne_Signature_Icon-01.png   Audio Described Performance

The audio described performance of Venus took place on May 20.
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OpenCaption_Icon_Signature-01.png  Open Caption performance

May 27 at 2:00pm
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Cast

Hannah Cabell

John Ellison Conlee

Randy Danson

Adam Green

Birgit Huppuch

Zainab Jah

Kevin Mambo

Patrena Murray

Reynaldo Piniella

Julian Rozzell

Tony Torn

Creative

Scenic Design
Matt Saunders
Costume Design
Emilio Sosa
Lighting Design
Justin Townsend
Sound Design & Original Music
Brandon Wolcott
Choreographer
Danny Mefford
Wig, Hair and Make-up Design
J. Jared Janas
Fight Director
Thomas Schall
Production Stage Manager
Evangeline Whitlock

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