November 8, 2011, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre; transferred and re-opened on February 7, 2012, at the Lyceum Theatre
June 17, 2012
Venus in Fur goes behind the scenes at an audition, where a playwright/director and a mysterious young actress blur the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, and love and sex. Armed with a bag of S&M gear and period costumes, the actress pulls the playwright into reading his own script, with breaks to argue about the meaning of the story.
The play was inspired by Venus in Furs, Leopold Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 erotic novel, which became infamous after the author’s last name was used to coin the term “sado-masochism” for the interplay of sex and power depicted in the book.
Venus in Fur premiered off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company on January 26, 2010, starring Nina Arianda and Wes Bentley. Manhattan Theatre Club transferred the play to Broadway in a production starring Arianda and Hugh Dancy.
Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove), Jon B. Platt, Scott Landis, Classic Stage Company
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite New Play
—Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Production of a Play
David Ives and director Walter Bobbie met while working on the Encores! musical series and have since collaborated on Venus in Fur, New Jerusalem, The School for Lies, The Other Woman and White Christmas.