by Suzan-Lori Parks
directed by Lear Debossonet
Signature Theatre, The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
beginning April 25, 2017
Leaving her home in southern Africa for a better life, Saartjie Baartman became a star on the 19th Century London freak show circuit for the size of her posterior. This Obie Award-winning play gives vibrant life to the story of Baartman’s journey to London, her rise to fame as the “Hottentot Venus” and her eventual love affair with a French scientist. Inspired by the true story of Baartman, Venus is a wild carnival, bursting with humor and heart while examining the paradox of love.