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Studio Theatre completes a David Ives Hat Trick in D.C.

By Peter Marks

Playwright David Ives is a popular guy these days in Washington; his wittily rhyming adaptation of Corneille's "The Liar" was a hit this past spring for Shakespeare Theatre Company. Next came a highly successful run at Theater J of "New Jerusalem," his play about the philosopher Baruch de Spinoza.

And now, Studio Theatre is announcing that it will complete its 2010-11 season next spring with Ives's "Venus in Fur," a piece inspired by the erotic 19th Century Austrian novella "Venus in Furs," about a woman's sexual domination of a man.

The play is to be directed by Studio's new artistic director, David Muse, who staged Studio's current success, Annie Baker's "Circle Mirror Transformation." Before her departure this past summer, founding artistic director Joy Zinoman had picked this season's offerings for the company, but had left the final main-stage slot vacant, for her successor to fill.

Muse's choice of play seems in keeping with one of the common practices at Studio, of presenting area premieres of contemporary plays that have done well elsewhere. "Venus in Fur" enjoyed a successful run last winter at New York City's Classic Stage Company.

According to Studio, the show will begin performances May 25 in the Milton Theater, in the Studio complex on 14th and P Streets NW. For more information, visit or call 202-332-3300.

By Peter Marks  | October 26, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Peter Marks, Theater  | Tags:  Studio Theatre David Ives Venus in Fur  
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