Running on Glass at Venus Theatre, Nov 15-Dec 9

Running on Glass at Venus Theatre, Nov 15-Dec 9

Running on Glass
By Cynthia Cooper

September 20 – October 14, 2018
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.

Location: Venus Theatre.

A sports scholar entices her friend, a designer and running buddy, to help envision a pop-up museum about women in sports. Six characters from sports history come alive, along with the challenges and successes of diverse people in any field of endeavor. Told in monologues by the two performers, the stories include Althea Gibson, first person to break the color barrier in tennis; Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel; Wilma Rudolph, an African-American Olympic runner who overcame childhood polio; Gretel Bergmann, a Jewish-German athlete used by the Nazis for propaganda; Babe Didrikson, one of the best all-round athletes of any gender, and Mamie ‘Peanut’ Johnson, a professional pitcher in the Negro Leagues. For ages 8 and up.

Tickets are $40 General Admission, $20 for Friend of Venus, $15 for Student or Senior. Buy tickets here. Venus is selling “Friend of Venus” Membership cards. The cost is $5 and the card allows for ½ price tickets through 2018 and specials and discounts at local Laurel businesses. More information will be available on venustheatre.org

Living and Dying with Tricia McCauley at Venus Theatre, Sep 20-Oct 14

Living and Dying with Tricia McCauley at Venus Theatre, Sep 20-Oct 14

Venus Theatre’s 65th woman empowering play
Living and Dying With Tricia McCauley
Setting flight to the voices of women
Directed by Deb Randall.

September 20 – October 14, 2018
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.

NOTICE: Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Location: Venus Theatre.

Venus Theatre: Living and Dying with Tricia McCauley, directed by Deborah Randall After a year and a half of PTSD recovery, Deb has begun to tell this story. Deciding not to allow the tragic loss of Tricia on December 25, 2016 to overshadow the brilliance of her spirit and vibrant life, Deb takes the stage. Tricia helped Deb develop several solo works over the 23 years of their friendship, Deb creates this one for her as an artistic monument to their joined laughter. Solo/Tribute piece.

Tickets are $40 General Admission, $20 for Friend of Venus, $15 for Student or Senior. Buy tickets here. Venus is selling “Friend of Venus” Membership cards. The cost is $5 and the card allows for ½ price tickets through 2018 and specials and discounts at local Laurel businesses. More information will be available on venustheatre.org.

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