Music City Theatre Company is bringing the highly acclaimed Venus in Fur to Tennessee this month.
Nina Arianda won a 2012 Tony Award for her performance in the play after it took New York by storm. Now David Ives’ two-hander comes to Nashville Feb. 20-22 at the Vibe (1713 Church St.) in a production directed by Bradley Moore with the aid of assistant director Dave McGinnis.
In Venus in Fur Thomas (played by Moore) is the writer-director of a new play adapted from a novel that inspired the term “masochism.” He is auditioning actresses for the lead role without much luck. At the last minute Vanda (Carrie Jennings) shows up, and she’s got with every characteristic Thomas can’t stand. Over the next 90 minutes the balance of power shifts as the actress – just as in the novel that forms the basis for the very play for which she’s auditioning – establishes total dominance over the director.
The show is the fourth production of Music City Theatre Company since Moore founded the organization in 2008. Its mission, according to a press release, is to provide the Nashville community with thought-provoking, socially relevant work that has a strong vision.
Moore is a graduate of Winthrop University in South Carolina where he majored in Theatre Performance and was honored with the Blair E. Beasley Directing Scholarship. He grew up in Ohio and Maryland and has been actively involved in theater since he was five. Moore has been part of more than 100 amateur or professional productions, directing such shows as Twilight of the Golds, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Anything Goes and subUrbia.
Performances each of the three nights start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door. Due to language and thematic elements Venus in Fur is recommended for ages 16 and up.
*Photo of Carrie Jennings as Vanda and Bradley Moore as Thomas by William Boggess courtesy Music City Theatre Company.