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November 1 - 30, 2013 ,

Venus in Fur

written by David Ives
directed by Laura Kepley

The traditional power dynamic of an audition shifts as an up-and-coming director learns that it’s impossible to play with fire and not get singed. Blurring the line between fantasy and reality, this electrifying and seductive comedy was lauded by The New York Times as “seriously smart and very funny.”

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Michael Brusasco and Vanessa Wasche in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Michael Brusasco and Vanessa Wasche in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Michael Brusasco and Vanessa Wasche in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Vanessa Wasche and Michael Brusasco in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Michael Brusasco and Vanessa Wasche in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Michael Brusasco as Thomas in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Michael Brusasco and Vanessa Wasche in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Vanessa Wasche as Vanda in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Vanessa Wasche and Michael Brusasco in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Michael Brusasco and Vanessa Wasche in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Vanessa Wasche as Vanda in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Vanessa Wasche and Michael Brusasco in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Vanessa Wasche and Michael Brusasco in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Vanessa Wasche and Michael Brusasco in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Michael Brusasco and Vanessa Wasche in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Michael Brusasco as Thomas and Vanessa Wasche as Vanda in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur, in the Second Stage, November 1-24, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

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Michael Brusasco

Michael Brusasco

(Thomas) is grateful to be back at CPH after appearing in Venus in Fur. This last year he has been with the Alley Theatre Company in Houston, Texas. Plays include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hand to God, Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web, Cleo, All The Way, and A Christmas Carol. In more(Thomas) is grateful to be back at CPH after appearing in Venus in Fur. This last year he has been with the Alley Theatre Company in Houston, Texas. Plays include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hand to God, Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web, Cleo, All The Way, and A Christmas Carol. In New York, he has appeared Off-Broadway in Misalliance, The Playboy of the Western World (Pearl Theatre), Intermission (Theatre Row), Philosophy for Gangsters (Theatre Row), and Electra in a One Piece (Good Company). Other New York Credits: A Crucible (Perfect Disgrace), Happy Sunshine Kung Fu Flower (Ars Nova), Of Monsters and Prodigies (Lincoln Center Festival). Regional: Deferred Action, All The Way (Dallas Theater Center), Twelfth Night (Folger Theatre), Private Lives (Pittsburgh Public Theater), See How They Run (Barrington Stage Company), Pride & Prejudice (Roundhouse Theatre), as well as seasons at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Great River Shakespeare Festival, A.C.T., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, and The Shakespeare Theatre in DC. Please visit michaelbrusasco.com for more.

David Ives

(Playwright) is perhaps best known for his evening of one-act plays called All in the Timing (he has had work included in the “Best Short Plays” series seven times), and for his drama Venus in Fur, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. His plays include more(Playwright) is perhaps best known for his evening of one-act plays called All in the Timing (he has had work included in the “Best Short Plays” series seven times), and for his drama Venus in Fur, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. His plays include New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza, The School for Lies (adapted from Molière’s The Misanthrope), The Liar (adapted from Pierre Corneille), Time Flies and Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain). He has translated George Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear and Yasmina Reza’s A Spanish Play. He is also the author of three young-adult novels: Monsieur Eek, Scrib, and Voss. A former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and a graduate of The Yale School of Drama, he lives in New York City.

Vanessa Wasche

Vanessa Wasche

(Vanda) appeared off-Broadway in Killers and Other Family at The Axis Theater produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and in The Pillowbook, 59E59. Regional credits include Motherf**ker With the Hat at TheaterWorks in Hartford, Conn.; Major Barbara and A Christmas Carol at The Guthrie Theater; Black Coffee at Arts Center Coastal more(Vanda) appeared off-Broadway in Killers and Other Family at The Axis Theater produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and in The Pillowbook, 59E59. Regional credits include Motherf**ker With the Hat at TheaterWorks in Hartford, Conn.; Major Barbara and A Christmas Carol at The Guthrie Theater; Black Coffee at Arts Center Coastal Carolina; My Children! My Africa! and Light Up the Sky at Chautauqua Theater Company; The Parade (world premiere, Tennessee Williams Festival); Split by Allison Moore (world premiere, Minneapolis Theater Garage),Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare on The Cape; and The Pink Bedroom, New York University, Studio Tisch. Television and film credits include a recurring role as Gina Young on The Good Wife and Untitled Marc Lawrence/Hugh Grant Comedy to be released in 2014. Wasche holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program.

Michael Boll

(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: These Mortal Hosts, The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Metamorphoses, Too True more(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: These Mortal Hosts, The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Metamorphoses, Too True To Be Good, Identity Theft, The Winter's Tale, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, An Orchard, Cloud 9 and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Cleveland lighting design work includes Cleveland Public Theatre, Cain Park, Cleveland Museum of Art, Karamu House, Dobama Theatre and Beck Center for the Arts. Off-Broadway credits include The Moliere Cycle (Classic Stage Company), Songs for a New World (George Street Playhouse), Dog Sees God (SoHo Playhouse) and The Moonlight Room (Associate Lighting Designer, Beckett Theatre). His work has also been seen at the N.Y. Fringe Festival, La MaMa E.T.C., HERE Arts Center, and Yale Cabaret.

John Godbout

(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. This past summer, he returned for season 2 of Tantrum Theater in Dublin, Ohio to stage manage Caroline, or Change. John has also stage managed at North more(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. This past summer, he returned for season 2 of Tantrum Theater in Dublin, Ohio to stage manage Caroline, or Change. John has also stage managed at North Shore Music Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Weston Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Northern Stage, and Seaside Music Theatre.

Laura Kepley

Laura Kepley

(Director) became Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House in 2013 and has directed numerous CPH mainstage productions including The Diary of Anne Frank, Shakespeare in Love; The Crucible; Steel Magnolias; The Good Peaches (world premiere); Fairfield (world premiere); How I Learned to Drive (also at Syracuse Stage); The Little Foxes; more(Director) became Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House in 2013 and has directed numerous CPH mainstage productions including The Diary of Anne Frank, Shakespeare in Love; The Crucible; Steel Magnolias; The Good Peaches (world premiere); Fairfield (world premiere); How I Learned to Drive (also at Syracuse Stage); The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Good People (also at Syracuse Stage); A Carol for Cleveland (world premiere); In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; My Name is Asher Lev and CPH readings of Roe Green Award-winning plays Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976; Marjorie Prime and Daphne’s Dive. She joined CPH in 2010, having arrived from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island where she was Resident Director and Artistic Associate for four seasons and Interim Director of the Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. in Directing Program for one. She has also directed for The Alliance Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Contemporary American Theatre Festival, among others. A native Ohioan, Laura received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Fine Arts from Brown University/Trinity Rep. She is a Drama League Fellow and a recipient of the 2009-2011 National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program for Directors.

Whitney Locher

(Costume Designer) is a NYC-based Costume Designer. Her work was last featured at Cleveland Play House in Venus in Fur. Recent Off-Broadway designs include Dead Dog Park (59E59 Theatres), Into the Woods (Roundabout Theatre Company) and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre for a New Audience). Recent regional designs include more(Costume Designer) is a NYC-based Costume Designer. Her work was last featured at Cleveland Play House in Venus in Fur. Recent Off-Broadway designs include Dead Dog Park (59E59 Theatres), Into the Woods (Roundabout Theatre Company) and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre for a New Audience). Recent regional designs include The Underpants and Velocity of Autumn (White Heron Theatre Company), Measure for Measure (Long Wharf Theatre), Into the Woods (The Old Globe and McCarter Theatres) and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre). Whitney recently remounted Into the Woods at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, UK and is currently designing the US National Tour of Into the Woods, set to open in November. Whitney served as Associate Costume Designer for the 66th Annual Tony Awards and is the Resident Costume Designer for Fiasco Theater and Partial Comfort Productions.

Cameron Michalak

(Scenic Designer) is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Play House! Previous design credits include Cleveland Play House productions of Venus in Fur, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and A Soldier’s Tale with Catch and Release. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s design credits include She Stoops to Conquer, A Philadelphia Story, more(Scenic Designer) is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Play House! Previous design credits include Cleveland Play House productions of Venus in Fur, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and A Soldier’s Tale with Catch and Release. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s design credits include She Stoops to Conquer, A Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, The Misanthrope, and The Winter’s Tale. Selected local credits include The Night Alive, Ten More Minutes from Cleveland and Becky Shaw (Dobama Theatre); Assassins, Urinetown, Joseph..., and The Wiz (Near West Theatre); Young Frankenstein and Seminar (Beck Center); Sunday in the Park and Of Mice and Men (True North Cultural Arts); and Sweeney Todd and Hairspray (among many others) for the Music, Arts and Drama (M.A.D.) Factory in Oberlin. By day Cameron acts as Technical Director for Cleveland State University.

James C. Swonger

(Sound Designer) has designed sound for over 50 Cleveland Play House productions including The Good Peaches (world premiere); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Breath and Imagination; Venus in Fur; Good People; The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith; Bell, Book and Candle; The Game’s Afoot more(Sound Designer) has designed sound for over 50 Cleveland Play House productions including The Good Peaches (world premiere); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Breath and Imagination; Venus in Fur; Good People; The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith; Bell, Book and Candle; The Game’s Afoot (world premiere); Bill W. and Dr. Bob; Heaven’s My Destination (world premiere); Crime and Punishment; Noises Off!; Gee’s Bend; The Chosen; and I Am My Own Wife. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, Twelfth Night, and An Orchard. Additional credits include Cleveland’s Lyric Opera Company, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Centerstage Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cleveland State University Summer Stages, and premiere productions of why i had to dance, The Tragic Demise of the Whaleship Essex and Swinging on a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Burke.

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