Aglaonike’s Tiger at Venus Theatre, Sep 7-Oct 1

Aglaonike’s Tiger at Venus Theatre, Sep 7-Oct 1

AGLAONIKE’S TIGER by Claudia Barnett

September 7 – October 1, 2017
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.

Location: Venus Theatre.

Aglaonike, the first female astronomer, could predict lunar eclipses, but her science was suspect because she was a woman. She therefore billed herself as a sorceress and claimed she could draw down the moon. Inspired by her unsung history, this coming-of-age play follows the protagonist through a series of challenges, both magical and scientific. Drawing on ancient Greek traditions and postmodern performance trends, Aglaonike’s Tiger is stylized and visual and uses puppets and masks to explore political, ecological, and scientific themes.

Tickets are $40 or $20 for Friend of Venus. Buy tickets here.

Auditions for Venus Theatre 2017 Season, Feb 12, 13 & 15

Auditions for Venus Theatre 2017 Season, Feb 12, 13 & 15

AUDITIONS FOR THE 2017 SEASON:
Sunday, February 12th from 11-3pm | Monday, February 13th from 6-9pm | Wednesday, February 15th from 6-9pm

Location: Venus Theatre.

SEEKING ALL TYPES

Please prepare a 2 minute monologue and be receptive to taking adjustments.

EMAIL: submissionsofvenus@gmail.com:
* Headshot and resume
* Day and time preferred (on the ½ hours)

Venus Theatre’s 2017 season:
March 16 – April 9, 2017: SELECTIONS FROM: The Methuen Drama Books of Suffrage Plays, Edited by Naomi Paxton
May 11 – June 4, 2017: TUNNEL VISION by Andrea Lepcio
September 7 – October 1, 2017: AGLAONIKE’S TIGER by Claudia Barnett
November 2 -26, 2017: THE RAVENS by Alana Valentine

Venus Theatre is among the longest running women’s theaters in the world.

Witches Vanish at Venus Theatre, Aug 20-Sep 13

Witches Vanish at Venus Theatre, Aug 20-Sep 13

Witches Vanish
by Claudia Barnett
Venus Theatre World Premiere

Location: Venus Theatre Play Shack.

Opens August 20, 2015
Closes September 13, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm.

Description: In a series of stylized, highly visual vignettes employing puppetry, poetry, and surrealism, the weïrd sisters from Macbeth explore the stories of women who disappear, whether by choice or force. Inspired by history, astronomy, and Shakespeare, Witches Vanish examines the nature of change and the value of human life.

About the playwright: Claudia Barnett has developed four scripts with Venus Theatre, including No. 731 Degraw-street Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister, which had its world premiere on C Street in November 2013. She wrote Witches Vanish as resident playwright at Stage Left Theatre in Chicago, where it was included in LeapFest 9, and further drafted the script at the MultiStages New Works Finalist Festival (New York), the Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha), the Women’s Work Festival (St. John’s, Newfoundland), and the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival (Washington, DC). She teaches playwriting at Middle Tennessee State University and is the author of I Love You Terribly: Six Plays (2012) and No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister (forthcoming, fall 2015), both from Carnegie Mellon University Press.

Tickets: Buy here.

No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister at the Venus Theatre Play Shack, Nov 7-Dec 1

No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister at the Venus Theatre Play Shack, Nov 7-Dec 1

by Claudia Barnett

November 7 to December 1

Location: Venus Theatre Play Shack.

Thursday, November 7 at 8:00pm
Friday, November 8 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 9 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, November 10 at 3:00pm
Thursday, November 14 at 8:00pm
Friday, November 15 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 16 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, November 17 at 3:00pm
Thursday, November 21 at 8:00pm
Friday, November 22 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 23 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, November 24 at 3:00pm
Saturday, November 30 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, December 1 at 3:00pm

Description: Kate Stoddard murdered Charles Goodrich in 1873–after he told her they weren’t really married and had her evicted from his Brooklyn brownstone in a blizzard. Kate’s struggles to maintain her sanity and her identity, both before and after she shot her one true love three times in the head, are the subject of this play, which moves backwards and forwards through time and invokes a poetry of madness.

A note on the title: Virginia Woolf imagined a sister for Shakespeare, an artist chastened for her gender and derided for her vision. Unable to act or write, she “killed herself one winter’s night and lies buried at some cross-roads.” Claudia Barnett imagines a similarly metaphorical sister for Emily Dickinson. Kate Stoddard was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1847, about a hundred miles from the reclusive Amherst poet. Inspired by Woolf’s musings, Dickinson’s poetry, and Stoddard’s tragic life, No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister asks: How might the same impulse lead one woman to poetry and another to murder?

Claudia Barnett teaches playwriting at Middle Tennessee State University. She has developed two previous scripts, Feather and Another Manhattan, with Venus Theatre. She wrote No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister as playwright-in-residence at Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and she wrote Witches Vanish as resident playwright at Stage Left Theatre. Her book I Love You Terribly: Six Plays is published by Carnegie Mellon (2012).

“When … one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs … I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Brontë who dashed her brains out on the moor …”

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“She had cultivated a romantic disposition by a liberal perusal of story papers and novels, and it is more than likely that cheap literature is the prime cause of all her woes and misfortunes.”

The Goodrich Horror:
Being the full confession of Kate Stoddart, or Lizzie King
Thanks for letting the girl talk.

PARENTAL ADVISORY: Ages 16+ – 731 covers rich literary territory with an amazing physical element that has a kind of violence always brewing just under the surface.

Tickets: General Admission $20. Purchase tickets on-line.

Suggested meal before the show: Fajita, or anything that sizzles on a hot pan.
Tampico Tex-Mex Restaurant
42 Washington Blvd
Laurel, MD 20707
301.490.5300