Monday, January 6
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1hr 44mins // directed by:Steven Shainberg // featuring:Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader // 35mm


Join director Daniel Goldstein and cast members Chris Kipiniak and Andrea Syglowski from the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Venus in Fur for a conversation after the film, moderated by Meredith Goldstein, advice columnist for The Boston Globe.

About the film

After a bout of illness, Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) moves back in with her dysfunctional family, ready to start anew. Despite a few strikes against her she applies for a secretarial position at the law office of E. Edward Grey (James Spader). At first the work seems quite boring – typing, filing and coffee-making – but Lee tries hard to please her new boss. Slowly Lee and Mr. Grey embark on a more personal relationship behind closed doors, crossing lines of conduct into a deep realm of human sexuality, a unique love affair in which the roles of dominance and submission suit both of them perfectly.

About the play

Vanda has her eyes on the lead role in Venus in Fur, an adaptation of the classic erotic novel. Her charged audition for the director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse as the lines blur between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. This hilarious and sexy new comedy was a smash Broadway hit.

Venus in Fur, directed by Daniel Goldstein, plays January 3 – February 2, 2014 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. Please click here for more information and/or tickets. 

Guest Speakers 

Daniel Goldstein (Director) directed God of Carnage, Falsettos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and The Cry of the Reed for the Huntington and the recent Broadway revival of Godspell on Broadway. 

Chris Kipiniak (Thomas) has appeared on Broadway in Metamorphoses (dir. Mary Zimmerman) and Macbeth (dirs. John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg).  He’s written the plays Save the World, Stalled, Change the Be, and IIIINSAAAAAAAANE!!!!, as well as Nightcrawler, Amazing Fantasy, and Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man for Marvel Comics.

Andrea Syglowski (Vanda) has New York credits that include Benefit of the Doubt (Roundabout Theatre Company), The Cherry Orchard (Mint Theater Company), Stage Fright (The Lark, dir. Jerry Zaks), and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Sylvester Manor House). 

Meredith Goldstein (Moderator) is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for The Boston Globe and the author of the novel The Singles (Penguin/Plume), which has been optioned for film. Her column “Love Letters” is a daily dispatch of wisdom for the lovelorn that gets about 1 million page views a month on Ms. Goldstein grew up in Maryland, attended Syracuse University, and lives in Roxbury with a carnival-size cotton candy machine. She's at work on her second book, a novel about relationships and chemistry.