Suzan-Lori Parks continues her examination of black people in history and stage through the life of the so-called "Hottentot Venus," an African woman displayed semi-nude throughout Europe due to her extraordinary physiognomy; in particular, her enormous buttocks. She was befriended, bought and bedded by a doctor who advanced his scientific career through his anatomical measurements of her after her premature death.… (more)
with Love from The Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio/with Love from TCG
and with Love from Liz Diamond/ and with Love from Thalia Field/ and with Love from Bonnie Metzgar/ and with Love from Bruce Hainley/ and with Love from Stephanie Ellen/ and with Love from David Harris/ and with Love from Saartjle Baartman
Overture: The Venus facing stage right. She revolves, counterclockwise. 270 degrees. She faces upstage.