Hannah Cabell, John Ellison Conlee, Zainab Jah Set for Suzan-Lori Parks' Venus
Lear deBessonet directs the play for Signature Theatre.
Casting is set for Signature Theatre's upcoming revival of Suzan-Lori Parks' Venus, directed by Lear deBessonet. The production runs April 25-June 4 in the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center, with opening night set for May 15.
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).
The Obie Award-winning play is inspired by the life of Saartjie Baartman, who left her home in southern Africa for what she hoped would be a better life and instead became a star on the 19th-century London freak show circuit.