The Speed Twins at Venus Theatre, May 3-27

The Speed Twins at Venus Theatre, May 3-27

THE SPEED TWINS
by Maureen Chadwick
directed by Deborah Randall

May 3 – 27, 2018
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.

Location: Venus Theatre.

The Speed Twins unleashes an explosive and darkly comic conflict of desires and challenges us all to ask fundamental questions about identity. Three older women meet as strangers in a spectral version of the Gateways, the lesbian nightclub featured in the film “The Killing of Sister George”: Queenie is in complete denial of her sexuality, Ollie thinks she’s died and gone to Dyke Heaven, and Shirley looks as if she hasn’t aged a day since she lost the love of her life back in 1962. As the drink flows, uncomfortable truths are revealed as Queenie struggles to justify her life’s choices. Torn between temptation and fear, will she go to her grave with her conventional moral certainties intact? Or will she have the courage to re-write history and finally be true to her heart? The Speed Twins unleashes an explosive and darkly comic conflict of desires and challenges us all to ask fundamental questions about identity.

Tickets are $40 General Admission, $20 for Friend of Venus, $15 for Student or Senior. Buy tickets here.

This Little Light at Venus Theatre, Mar 8-25

This Little Light at Venus Theatre, Mar 8-25

THIS LITTLE LIGHT
by Jennifer Faletto
Directed by Deborah Randall

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.

Location: Venus Theatre.

Who am I? What am I? THIS LITTLE LIGHT explores the life of the same person over 400 years through the meandering mind of a Millennial who is waking for the first time to her human needs for meaning and understanding.

Jennifer Faletto’s plays include The Texas Homecoming Revolutionof 1995, f/k/a Bathroom Hate (2015 Reva Shiner Comedy Award finalist), Domestic Animals (2016 Woodward/Newman Drama Award finalist & 2016 O’Neill semifinalist) and This Little Light. Jennifer’s plays have been developed and produced at The Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival, Amphibian Stage Productions, Palm Beach Dramaworks, The Blank, The Capital Fringe, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, Panndora’s Box, Best Medicine Rep and Short + Sweet. Jennifer studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia and holds a BFA in theatre performance from TCU. She is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory (Chicago).

Tickets are $40 General Admission, $20 for Friend of Venus, $15 for Student or Senior. Buy tickets here.

The Ravens at Venus Theatre, Nov 2-26

The Ravens at Venus Theatre, Nov 2-26

THE RAVENS
By Alana Valentine
Directed by Deborah Randall

November 2 – 26, 2017
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.

Location: Venus Theatre.

PARENTAL ADVISORY: Adult themes.

The Ravens is about Kira, a trying-to- be-ex sex worker in Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia. When she receives a large victim’s compensation payout, deciding what to do with the money becomes more of a problem than a relief. A friend from her former life feels that she is ‘owed’ by Kira, and moves back into her life and her flat. Then a chance meeting with Nina, a young social work student working at the local chocolate shop, seems like it might give Kira the courage and support she needs to finally get the violent Marg out of her life. An encounter with one of Nina’s old age clients at a nursing home focuses Kira’s determination but now she wants to help her friend Nancy, who is still working at a brothel but living in a dominating lesbian relationship. Finally Nina suggests that she might use the money for her and Nancy to put on a play – a version of Shakespeare’s poem The Phoenix and the Turtle. It’s a routine Kira and Nancy used to do as a striptease for an old client – can they learn to change themselves, phoenix like, into something other than they have been for so long? Can love – of life, of self, of friends – be resurrected and transformed by art? As an evocative radio play, The Ravens won the 2015 BBC International Radio Writing Award from the BBC World Service. Venus Theatre is delighted to be presenting the world premiere of the stage play – a visceral, provocative work of fierce insight and compassion for womens’ struggle out of violence.

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

Raw at Venus Theatre, Oct 22-Nov 15

Raw at Venus Theatre, Oct 22-Nov 15

Raw
by Amy Bernstein
Venus Theatre World Premiere
Directed by Deborah Randall

Location: Venus Theatre Play Shack.

Opens October 22, 2015
Closes November 15, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm.

Description: Eliza’s dairy farm is under siege: by Caroline, the documentary film-making, grudge-holding heifer she allows into her house to bear witness, for a fee; by Harriet, her inheritance-deprived sister; and by the bacteria lurking in the raw milk lying in wait for daughter Jamie. Woe descends on Red Robin Farm.

About the playwright: Amy Bernstein’s short comedies and dramas have been read and produced in New York City; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Lexington, KY and elsewhere. She has twice been selected for readings at the Baltimore Playwrights Festival and was chosen to participate in intensive playwright workshops at the 2011 Association of Theaters for Higher Education (ATHE) Conference and at the Inkwell Theater in D.C. in 2012. A one-minute play was selected for production and videotaping in an annual short-play festival produced in Leeds, England. Amy is also a regular contributor of short dramatic WORK to the annual Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival and Free Fall Baltimore.

Tickets: Buy here.