This Tuesday, MARCH 1st, we will be kicking off Women Playwrights Month with a reading VENUS by Suzan-Lori Parks.
The character of VENUS fictionally expands upon the real life of Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman who was “the most celebrated of several women from the Khoisan people of South Africa” who were taken from their homeland and exhibited as curiosities or freaks because their physiques were unusual to Europeans of that time. On display, Baartman was titillatingly billed as “The Venus-Hottentot.” During her exhibition throughout England, she became the subject of a trial to determine if she was performing of her own free will. The controversial verdict permitted her to continue to be exhibited in France, where she was studied by a celebrated French scientist. The Baron Docteur takes interest in Saartjie, who buys her from the Mother-Showman and takes her with him to Paris as his mistress. However, the Baron Docteur has plans to study her “steatopygia” after her death. Winner of 2 Obie Awards, the play also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002 — the first ever awarded to an African-American female playwright.
The Complex, Dorie Theater
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Tuesday, March 1st
Please try to be on time by taking into account Rush Hour Traffic and Parking. There is metered parking in the area, and after 7:00pm, the meters are FREE. Parking is usually more available North of Santa Monica, on surrounding streets like Wilcox and Lexington.
As always, admission for our weekly table readings is FREE, and there will be wine to purchase for a suggested donation.
MEGHAN ALLISON* -The Chorus of 8 Anatomists/The Mother
JOHN ROSS CLARK* – Chorus of Spectators/The Uncle
AZADUI SAFO – Chorus of 8 Human Wonders/The Father
KASHUNA PERFECTED – Miss Saartjie Bartman/The Girl/Venus Hottentot/Bride to Be
STEPHAN EARLY* – The Man/Baron Doctor
TERESA WAXER – Negro Resurrectionist
LUCAS ALIFANO* – Man’s Brother/Mother Showman/Grade School Chum
EMILY CLARK* – The Chorus of Court/The Young Man
KATE PURNELL* – Stage Directions
*Play Club West VIP