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.

Auditions for Venus Theatre 2018 season, Jan 20

Auditions for Venus Theatre 2018 season, Jan 20

Venus Theatre announces the Casting Call for their 2018 season.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 2-6 p.m.

Location: Venus Theatre.

Please email deb@venustheatre.org and request a desired half-hour block of time in your communication. Please attach electronic headshot and resume and bring hardcopy to the audition as well.

Please bring a prepared contemporary comic monologue no longer than 2 minutes and be prepared to move and to take adjustments and possibly read cold (very cold).

Casting will be for:

This Little Light by Jennifer Faletto
A World Premiere

Rehearses evenings in Feb – Runs in March

Seeking a flamboyant pirate from another time double cast as a contemporary creepy mall retail worker who hits on women. Open to casting unconventionally for the role.

The Speed Twins by Maureen Chadwick
A Response to The Killing of Sister George

Rehearses evenings in April – Runs in May.

Seeking two mature women. One to tend bar in lesbian purgatory and the other to be the dramatic terminal diva. On stage, not in process.

Second half of the year. These plays are not yet announced. We’d like take this opportunity to consider talent for the second half of 2018 as we continue to consider scripts.

For more information, and to register online, see: http://www.venustheatre.org/auditions

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.

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.