Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks

Studio Theatre at the Hilberry
4743 Cass Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48201

Traveling from her home in southern Africa for what she hoped would be a better life, Saartjie Baartman became an unfortunate star on the 19th Century London freak show circuit. This Obie Award-winning play, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, gives vibrant life to the story of a young black woman’s journey to London, her rise to fame as the “Hottentot Venus,” and her eventual relationship with a French scientist. Inspired by the true story of Baartman, Venus is a tragic-carnival, an intense and devastating journey honoring the life of Baartman and examining the way we live and love today.

March 22 8 p.m., March 23 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., March 26 10 a.m., March 28 7 p.m., March 29 8 p.m., March 30 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., March 31 3 p.m., April 2 10 a.m., April 4 7 p.m., April 5 8 p.m., April 6 8 p.m., April 11 7 p.m., April 12 8 p.m., April 13 8 p.m.

$15-$26 (plus fees)

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