VPAD 2015 Venus in Fur

Venus in Fur

Venus in Fur ran February 6 & 7, 2015 at 8pm

Tickets for Village After Dark productions are available only day-of-show at the box office. There are no online, or phone pre-sales. Seating is general admission, and all tickets are $10.

The Village After Dark productions are “concert readings.” (See: Reader’s Theatre) This means that there is limited staging, and technical aspects to the performance. The actors will have their scripts in-hand, and will present the show in its most raw and true form.

Venus in Fur

Thomas is a writer & director at his wit’s end, searching for an actress to play the sophisticated lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale, Venus in Fur. What walks into his audition is a brash and brazen, desperate actress named Vanda. Working through the script, reality and prose begin to meld, inciting a pas a deux of submission and domination.

  • Written by: David Ives
  • Directed by: Jennifer Rockwood
  • Assistant Director: Jeffrey A. Albright
  • Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

You may view the full program by clicking here.

The Cast

John DuVall
Christina D’Amato

The Crew

Jennifer Rockwood
Jeffery A. Albright
Stage Manager:
Jeffrey A. Albright & Debbie Marinik
Lighting Design:
Patrick Drummond
Lighting Crew:
Joe Greene
Sound Designer:
Patrick Drummond & Jim Zubricky
Sound Crew:
Zac Gilley
Costume Consultant:
Jeanette Oleska
House Manager:
Ann Veasey
Box Office Manager:
Ann Veasey
Box Office, Lobby, & Usher Staff:
The Board of Directors
Chris Jagodzinski
Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design:
Christopher Jagodzinski
Production Logo:
Christopher Jagodzinski
Program Printing:
AIM Specialists
Marquee Sign:
Jake Gordy & Christopher Jagodzinski

The Show

New York City, rented studio, afternoon.

The Biographies

The Director

VPAD 2015 Venus in Fur - Jennifer Rockwood
Jennifer Rockwood (Director) was the director of The University of Toledo’s First Year Experience Program and assistant dean in the College of Innovative Learning. A UT master mentor, she taught theatre and film classes in the Department of Theater and Film for more than 25 years. She has directed over 75 plays cumulatively on campus, at The Village Players, and at The Toledo Repertoire Theatre. She also produces and directs plays for commercial and corporate use.She has produced and directed many new plays at UT, including her own, Watershed. Jennifer has worked and taught for the Governors Gifted Summer Honors Institute, The Young Artist at Work Program, Arts Unlimited, and The Lourdes College Summer Theatre Camp. She is a founding member of Toledo’s Catalyst Theatre. As a media and communications consultant, Jennifer has worked with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, legal professionals, television anchors, and political candidates. Being a first rate grandmother is taking up most of her time now.

The Cast

VPAD 2015 Venus in Fur - Jon DuVall
John DuVall (Thomas/Kushemski) was last seen at The Village as Morris Townsend in The Heiress, and prior to that, as Reggie in Quartet. He is thrilled to involved in Venus in Fur, and to be working once again with one of his favorite divas, Jennifer Rockwood. From A Kind of Alaska and Family Voices to Venus in Fur — we’ve come a long way, baby!
VPAD 2015 Venus in Fur - Christina D'Amato
Christina D’Amato (Vanda) This is Christina’s second show here at The Village Players. Her debut was thirteen years ago when she played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at age seventeen. Christina found the stage to be her home at the age of eight when she played a toy soldier in the opera, Babes in Toyland. She acted her way through high school, and what time she spent in college in roles such as The Witch in Into the Woods, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, and Madeline in The Women of Lockerbie.