Northwestern University

Fri 7:30 PM

Voyeurs de Venus

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When: Friday, May 24, 2019
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM  

Where: Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, 1949 Campus Drive; 10-30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Public

Cost: Adult $25
Seniors (62+) $23
Area Educator $23
NU Faculty/Staff/Emeriti $20
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door

Contact: Wirtz Center Box Office   847.491.7282

Group: Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts

Category: Fine Arts

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Sara, a young African-American scholar of pop culture is writing a book about Saartjie Baartman, better known as the 19th-century sideshow sensation “The Hottentot Venus.” The deeper Sara delves, the more tragic and shocking Saartjie's story becomes, and the more Sara is forced to confront her own identity and complicated relationships. Faced with frequent dreams of Saartjie and pressure from her publishers, Sara is forced to wonder; can she honor the life and memory of Saartjie Bartman and still write a bestseller? Written by Northwestern alumni, Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly, Smart People, The Bluest Eye), this bold, often comedic, and revealing drama won the Joseph Jefferson Award for “Best New Play” in 2006.

Estimated Running Time: 2hrs with one intermission.

Audience Advisory: Please be advised this production contains depictions of partial nudity, sexual intimacy, violence, blood, strong language, and suggestion of rape. Recommended for ages 15+

May 17 – 26, 2019
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Tasia A. Jones

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