Zainab Jah stars in Venus, directed by Lear deBessonet, at Signature Theatre.
Zainab Jah stars in Venus, directed by Lear deBessonet, at Signature Theatre.
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The revival of Suzan-Lori Parks' Venus, directed by Lear deBessonet, at the Pershing Square Signature Center is set to open on May 15. Take a sneak peek at the production in the photo gallery below.

Venus tells the story of Saartjie Baartman, who, traveling from her home in southern Africa for what she hoped would be a better life, became an unfortunate star on the 19th-century London freak show circuit. This Obie Award-winning play gives life to the story of Baartman's journey to London, her rise to fame as the "Hottentot Venus," and her eventual relationship with a French scientist.

The company includes Hannah Cabell, John Ellison Conlee, Randy Danson, Adam Green, Birgit Huppuch, Zainab Jah, Kevin Mambo, Patrena Murray, Reynaldo Piniella, Julian Rozzell, and Tony Torn.

The creative team includes Matt Saunders (scenic design), Emilio Sosa (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Brandon Wolcott (sound design and original music), Danny Mefford (choreographer), and Thomas Schall (fight director).

For tickets and more information, click here.