Venus: A Play

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Theatre Communications Grou, 1997 - Drama - 165 pages
14 Reviews

Suzan-Lori Parks continues her examination of black people in history and stage through the life of the so-called "Hottentot Venus," an African woman displayed semi-nude throughout Europe due to her extraordinary physiognomy; in particular, her enormous buttocks. She was befriended, bought and bedded by a doctor who advanced his scientific career through his anatomical measurements of her after her premature death.
  

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Review: Venus - Acting Edition

User Review  - Alison - Goodreads

Bizarre. Surreal. Sometimes bordering on just being a conglomerate of disturbing gibberish. Despite all that, there's a huge underlying message here about commodifying a whole person for a physical ... Read full review

Review: Venus - Acting Edition

User Review  - Rike' - Goodreads

I don't know too much about the way plays are written- due to the fact I've only read a few- but the structure and voice of Venus certainly has a level of absurdness. This makes it an interesting read ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
27
Section 4
37
Section 5
39
Section 6
65
Section 7
70
Section 8
77
Section 9
83
Section 10
98
Section 11
110
Section 12
146
Section 13
149
Section 14
154
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About the author (1997)

One of the contemporary American theater's most innovative wordsmiths. Her plays include: Topdog/Underdog (2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), In the Blood (2000 Pulitzer-nominee), Fucking A, Venus (OBIE Award), The America Play and Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (OBIE Award, Best New American Play). She is also a screenwriter, novelist, and MacArthur "Genius" grantee.

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