WUFT News

‘Venus in Fur’ coming to Gainesville’s Hippodrome Theatre

By on January 10th, 2013

The Hippodrome Theatre rings in the new year with a Tony Award-winning production titled “Venus in Fur.”

The show stars University of Florida assistant theater professor Tim Altmeyer as Thomas, a demanding stage director in an “emotionally charged audition” with Vanda. Vanda is played by Lauren Nordvig, one of Altmeyer’s former students.

The 90-minute show, inspired by the 19th century German novel of the same title, centers around Vanda auditioning for a play directed by Thomas. During the audition, Vanda gains power over the director in this comedic, suspenseful production acted entirely by Altmeyer and Nordvig on one set.

“I’ve directed some, but I’ve certainly been an actor most of my adult life,” Altmeyer said. “I’ve been in Vanda’s position … so I’m using my experience and observations of directors.”

Altmeyer said having only two actors in the play is different from most. He attributes the size of the play to the economics of theater.

“Playwrights are creating pieces that are more manageable for regional theaters, requiring less people and less resources,” he said.

With adults as the target audience, Altmeyer described the play as “good, kinky fun.”

Working with a former student also lent its difficulties at first.

“It was kind of weird initially,” he said. “It’s the nature of the play. You don’t usually hear the words ‘student’ and ‘kinky’ in the same sentence.”

This will be the second time the Southeast has performed “Venus in Fur.” The show ran in New York last year.

 

Dana Edwards edited this story online.


This entry was posted in Arts and Entertainment and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Arts and Entertainment

Executive director of the Matheson History Museum Peggy Macdonald admires artifacts of Marjorie Harris Carr. The zoologist used the leather saddle on research trips to Honduras in the 1940s.

Women Leaders Exhibit Opens at Matheson History Museum

The Matheson History Museum opened its new exhibit, “Saving the Sunshine State: Women Leaders in the 20th Century,” featuring artifacts and rare photos from Mary McLeod Bethune, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Marjorie Harris Carr, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, May Mann Jennings and Zora Neale Hurston. The exhibit opened yesterday and runs until Oct. 31.


Jenica Frederickson paints an original work called “Dream Land.” The artist is also  teacher at Matanza High School and volunteers at the local theater

Flagler County Artist Developing Documentary On Community

Jenica Frederickson’s documentary centered on how students and teachers define community focuses on peoples’ need to feel love, safety and understanding. She is gathering the point of view of artists, teachers and healers to spread awareness of the problems her subjects faced with identity problems.


Gainesville Adopts Plan to Form Arts Council, Improve Website

The Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department adopted its 352ArtsRoadmap Cultural Plan on Thursday. The 10-year plan aims to enhance and promote the city’s arts community through an arts council and website.


Andrew Schaer works the front desk of Hear Again Music and Movies in downtown Gainesville. The storeowner said he’s noticed a rise in the popularity of vinyl records among the younger generation.

Younger Generations Revive Vinyl Business For Local Record Stores

The vinyl records market has been revived. Business at local record stores has followed an upward trend with the resurgence of a younger audience.


UV-TV records their album in their warehouse studio on May 26, 2015. Rose Vastola, 24, began playing bass a few years ago with her boyfriend and UV-TV guitarist, Ian Bernacett, 25, and 22-year-old drummer, Matt Brotton.

Gainesville Punk Scene Provides Creative Outlet Beyond Traditional Norms

Women are entering the Gainesville punk subculture as an alternative to the mainstream norm. According to Rose Vastola, lead singer of UV-TV, Gainesville welcomes creativity regardless of gender.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments