Written by Susan-Lori Parks
Directed by Jason Neulander
September 3 - 25, 1999
In a circus tent at the corner of 5th Street and Lamar(!)
Arguably the most ambitious project the company has even taken on, Venus ran for four weeks under a circus tent at 5th and Lamar right in downtown Austin! The company had to create the venue from scratch, and while a rental company erected the tent itself, the production team installed electricity, the dressing rooms, rented port-o-potties, built risers, loaded in a two-story set, and even laid out hay on the ground to create an authentic circus feel.
The production drew the second-highest attendance in the company’s history and was critically acclaimed by the press. The Austin American-Statesman called it “the most artful show of the year” and The Austin Chronicle said: “Neulander’s production goes like gangbusters… full of variety and frolic, as a tight ensemble portrays dozens of characters, racing through demanding costume changes and style shifts, and generally entertaining the hell out of the audience, all under that big top.”