venus in orange – a play with movement & music                                    Running time:  approx. 90 minutes          Ensemble cast:  6 – 10  (more or less)   

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venus in orange was commissioned by Mark Majarian, director, professor, and producer of the Cypress College Festival of New Plays.  The play was workshopped at Cypress College (Cypress, California) and produced there, directed by Tom Ormeny.

venus in orange had its professional premiere at The Victory Theatre Center in Burbank, California, produced by Maria Gobetti, directed by Tom Ormeny, choreography by Karen Apostolina, set design by Cynthia Ignacio, with the fllowing cast: Shonnese C. L. Coleman, Pia Days, Heidi Fecht, Nancy Mendez, Constance Smith, Ann Colby Stocking, Angela Tom, and Randi Lynn Weidman.

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A note about casting:  venus in orange is a play with flexible casting–it can be done with an ensemble of 6 actors (oh Hades, you could probably do it with 4!), or 8 actors, or 10 or 12 or more. It’s an all-female cast, with scenes, monologues, spoken word, and movement. But none of the performers need to be dancers or singers–they just need to have the willingness and the energy to perform. The play should be cast diversely–reflecting the times and the cities we live in. None of the roles are written for any specific race or ethnicity, nor are they written for any specific age, or look, or idea. People of color and people with disabilities are children of Venus, too, and the goddess of love would LOVE to see all her diverse offspring performing her plays.

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