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Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks
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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)



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This play made me feel both interested in and disturbed by the story of Saartjie Baartman/The Venus Hottentot. However, I felt that the absurdist, jumpy style distracted from the narrative instead of strengthening it. ( )
  hungrylittlebookworm | Mar 27, 2017 |
31 scenes
  kutheatre | Jun 7, 2015 |
One of the many books that exploded my sheltered, Southern brain in college. Read for a World Drama class that sparked my decision to major in English lit. ( )
  magritteamour | May 7, 2011 |
I liked this playscript better than most, although it became repititious after a while. I would like to see the play produced. ( )
  suesbooks | Apr 4, 2007 |
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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
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Overture: The Venus facing stage right. She revolves, counterclockwise. 270 degrees. She faces upstage.
The Negro Resurrectionist: The Venus Hottentot!
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