With theatre culture in the UAE at an all-time high, H72 Productions is set to open its theatre season this September with a 90-minute, no-intermission, two-hander play titled 'Venus in Fur'. Set in modern-day New York City, this play-within-a-play promises to encapsulate audiences with a thought-provoking showdown of the sexes.
The premise of the play? Aging playwright, Thomas Novacheck, is struggling to cast for the lead role in his new play. Novachek's play is based on the 19th century novel of a certain Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Frustrated with the barrage of inadequate aspirants flooding his auditions, Novacheck is prepared to call a raincheck on the auditions and pack up for the day. However, just when all looks bleak, in steps Vanda Jordan, an unexpectedly exceptional young actress, determined to land the role.
What ensues over the course of her audition, is an electrifying game of cat and mouse with the writer/director, depicted through a sophisticated model of metatheatre. Helmed by veteran director, Juliska Szik of “Medea” fame, the play will star accomplished actor Osman Aboubakr (Almost Maine, The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue, Red, The Mousetrap, The Crucible and more) alongside budding actor Farzana Palathingal.
“When directing a play, I usually search for the answers to theoretical questions that are universal. So, in this particular play, I’m very interested in understanding the driving force in a woman’s and a man’s relationship" says director Juliska Szik. "the power relationships between the two genders undoubtedly depend on each other”.she adds.
Catch Venus in Fur this September at the Junction, Dubai.
Dates: 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th September
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: The Junction, AlSerkal Avenue
Tickets: Dh 100 per person
Limited Early Bird tickets: Dh 75 per person
To book your ticket visit platinumlist.net