“Venus in Fur,” the modern 2-person play by David Ives that received a 2012 “Best Play” Tony nomination and was made into a film by Roman Polanski, is coming to Salem.  It will be the second production of Salem’s The Verona Studio, and will run for three weekends in September and October.

“Anyone who is interested in a fantastic contemporary script, who is interested in the power struggles within relationships and is comfortable with a provocative, adult-themed play, will like ‘Venus In Fur,’” says Seth Allen, who directs the show.

The play occurs in a theater where a writer-director despairs of finding an actress equal to the main female role.  A woman bursts in late to audition.  Though she appears unsuitable, the actress convinces the director to let her read, and the unexpected, erotic and funny audition that results changes the power balance between the two completely.

The Verona Studio considered many factors when it searched for a project for  this summer, according to Allen, including the quality of the script, the size of theater facility and the type of audience it sought.  “‘Venus In Fur’ rose to the top,” he says, “after reading a number of contemporary plays because of the quality of David Ives’ script.”

David Ballantyne and Felix Monet play the two roles.  Allen describes the performers as “intelligent and brave actors.  These roles demand a specific type of performer, and I am very lucky to have them involved in this project.”

This is the second production for The Verona Studio; the first, “Lonesome Hollow,” was also directed by Allen and was presented in 2013.  The company follows the “black box” theater concept, which Allen describes as “a minimalist performance space that is generally painted black.”  Although often associated with “avant garde” theatre, Allen says, “it is also used for all types of plays. The quality of the setting results in greater focus on the acting.”

The Verona Studio theater makes its home on the second floor of downtown’s Reed Opera House.  Tickets at www.theveronastudio.com or 805-657-7538.

Venus in Fur

Written by David Ives

Directed by Seth Allen

September 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and October 2,3,4

9 p.m.

The Verona Studio

Reed Opera House

189 Liberty Street NE, Suite 215

Seating Limited

Intended For Mature Audiences