Posted on June 6, 2010

Sizzling, sophisticated comedy Venus in Fur ends successful run

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“…an exhilarating, fast,  funny, problematically sexy night of pure theatre…”Kelley Jo Burke, Regina Reviews

“…a fun and provocative night out, combining a bit of voyeurism with an examination of gender roles, power and desire…” - Peter Mayne, Regina Reviews

“…witty and intelligent…”gillian harding-russell

“…a long-overdue reminder for Regina theatre lovers of just how exciting and thought-provoking theatre can be.” – Gail Bowen, Regina Reviews

“…a 90-minute psychological thriller that provokes, titillates and delivers.” – Katherine Lawrence, Regina Reviews

A sizzling, sexy, sophisticated comedy, Venus in Fur, written by David Ives, was a runaway hit on Broadway in 2012, winning the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actress and the 2012 Drama Desk Award.

The Golden Apple Theatre’s production of Venus in Fur, starring Amy Matysio and Daniel Arnold and directed by the award-winning Canadian director Jim Guedo, was a huge hit with audiences…and, as you can see from the reviews linked above, audiences, as well. Presented in the intimate surroundings of the Artesian on 13th, this astonishing play offers an up-close-and-personal connection to two people “handcuffed at the heart” as they engage in the ultimate battle of the sexes.

Meet the Actors and Director/Set & Lighting Designer

AmyNewHeadshot smallerAmy Matysio is an award-winning actor, writer/improviser and producer. Matysio is best known to Saskatchewan audiences for her acclaimed work in the one woman tour-de-force The Syringa Tree (Globe Theatre), her 16-year comedic prowess with the General Fools Improv Co., and her celebrated presence within both the film/TV and theatre communities. Select theatre credits include Pith! (The Theatre Department), Midsummer [a play with songs] (Globe Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Rabbit Hole (Persephone Theatre), Mo and Jess Kill Susie (Northern Light Theatre) and world premieres of Burn (Theatre Ecstasis), Songs of a Prairie Girl (Prairie Scene, National Arts Centre). Film/TV credits include the highly anticipated WolfCop, Lawrence and Holloman, Stranded, Chained, Ferocious and Just Friends. On the small screen she co-starred in Showcase’s Single White Spenny, has appeared in Corner Gas, inSecurity, and Little Mosque on the Prairie, and is the creator of the multi-award-winning web  comedy inSAYSHAble, which recently garnered her a seventh Canadian Comedy Award nomination and a Best Actress award at both LA WebFest and HollyWeb (Los Angeles). She can be seen this spring in Space Riders, a new web series for the Comedy Network. Born and raised in Regina, she now makes her home in Toronto.

Daniel Arnold headshotDaniel Arnold is thrilled to debut with Golden Apple in such a hot play. Hailing from Vancouver, via Edmonton, this is his second foray into Regina theatre, his first being Etienne in The Coronation Voyage (Globe). In Vancouver his credits include: High Society, Beauty & the Beast, Poster Boys (Arts Club); Death of a Salesman (Vancouver Playhouse); The Romeo Initiative, Influence (Touchstone); How to Write a New Book for the Bible (Pacific Theatre); Sylvia, Summer of my Amazing Luck (Gateway); Tideline (Touchstone/Neworld); Betrayal, A Christmas Carol, Mary’s Wedding (Western Canada Theatre); TAPE (Alley Theatre); Triumph of Love (Blackbird), and Einstein’s Gift (Firehall), and he has worked in Calgary and Edmonton with companies such as Theatre Network, Workshop West, River City Shakespeare, Vertigo, Theatre Junction, and Theatre Calgary. He has been nominated for four Jessie Awards, three Edmonton Sterling Awards (winning two), and received the protégé portion of The Siminovitch Prize, Canada’s largest theatre award. Also a writer, Daniel co-wrote and performed with Medina Hahn the plays Tuesdays & Sundays and Any Night, both of which were published, have won numerous awards, and toured extensively both nationally and internationally; Tuesdays & Sundays played the Edinburgh Festival and he recently performed Any Night Off-Broadway. For the screen, Daniel has had roles in numerous Vancouver-shot TV series and short films, and he is currently Holloman in the feature film Lawrence & Holloman, which he also co-wrote based on the Morris Panych play. Look for Lawrence & Holloman in theatres and on Super Channel soon; it also features…Amy Matysio! Next up, Daniel returns to Vancouver for a visionary revisitation of Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession with Alley Theatre. Visit Daniel at www.dualminds.com.

jim headshotJim Guedo’s work as director has been showcased across the country at Canadian Stage, The National Arts Centre, The Neptune Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Sudbury Theatre Centre, The Globe Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, The Citadel Theatre and The Phoenix Theatre. Recent directing credits include: King Lear (FreeWill Shakespeare Festival), Songs of a Prairie Girl (National Arts Centre); Rabbit Hole and Shining City Persephone Theatre); Dying City (Fire in the Hole Productions). His company Wild Side Productions produced The Pillowman, Fat Pig and I Licked A Slag’s Deodorant. He’s won six Sterling Awards (Edmonton) for Achievement in Direction and two SATAs (Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards) for direction. He was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, as well as a Dora Mavor Moore Award, for Oleanna. As a designer, Jim won the SATA Award for Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, and a Sterling Award for the set design for M. Butterfly.



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