Thoughts & Musings

About David Ives & Venus in Fur

David Ives, born in Chicago in 1950, is perhaps best known for his wildly funny one-act plays. Two Ives one-acts, Lives of the Saints and Time Flies, were performed in 2nd Story’s first Short Attention Span Theatre series in the summer of 2001. Other Ives shorts produced by 2nd Story include The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage, Variations on the Death of Trotsky, The Universal Language, Soap Opera, and Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread.

Ives received a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in 1971. He then spent a year in Germany teaching English, worked in a Hollywood bookstore, and moved to New York City to work at Foreign Affairs Magazine. His first play, Canvas, was produced in 1989 at Off-Broadway’s Circle Rep in 1972. Major success came in 1993 when Primary Stages premiered All in the Timing, an evening of six one-act plays that was so popular it transferred to the larger John Houseman Theatre, where it ran for 606 performances and was called “sustenance as well as pure entertainment” by the New York Times. All in the Timing won the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for Playwriting and was included in Best Plays of 1993-1994. Other Ives one-act collections are Mere Mortals, Words, Words, Words, and Lives of the Saints. He has adapted plays by Moliere, translated the work of Feydeau, and written numerous full-length plays including Don Juan in Chicago, The Red Address, and Polish Joke. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is also a graduate of The Yale School of Drama.

First produced Off-Broadway by the Classic Stage Company in 2010, Venus in Fur transferred to Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in 2011, under the banner of the Manhattan Theatre Club. It moved to the Lyceum Theatre in 2012. Venus in Fur received a 2012 Tony Award nomination for Best Play. Nina Arianda won the Tony Award for her performance as Vanda.

For more information on David Ives and Venus in Fur, use your online search engines or better yet, visit your local library and check out a few of his works!

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