curtain to rise at CSUS
fall California State University, Sacramento's department of theatre
and dance will present a powerful view of how people are often more
influenced by appearance than substance with the play Venus.
The play by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Suzan-Lori Parks is about
a young black South African woman, Venus Hottentot, who was taken
to Europe in 1810 to exhibit her peculiar body frame to freak show
audiences. Venus finds refuge from the brutality of the show in
the attentions of a European scientist. For him, the relationship
satisfies his scientific curiosity about unusual human anatomy.
The production will take place in the University Theatre, Shasta
Hall 113, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 10. The shows will begin at 8 p.m.
on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
"Venus is based on the true story of the Hottentot Venus,"
says director Linda Goodrich. "It examines issues of sex, race
and the objectification of people in culture, as well as the fascination
of the exotic."
In a twist on traditional staging, Venus is unusual in that characters
will play dual roles, dialogue is often poetry, and it takes place
backwards, starting with the end.
The play is adult-oriented and is not suitable for children.
Tickets are $13 general and $8 students and seniors. Tickets are
available at the CSUS Central Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or online
at www.tickets.com. For additional
media assistance contact CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.