Venus: Provocative Play by Suzan-Lori Parks Based on a Real Incident
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It was a very well written play. At first I was a little confused, but that kind of kept my mind intrigued enough to figure out what was going on. Lots to discuss and plenty of parallels with womanhood and exploitation of women in today's society.
In 1810, a young black woman named Saartje Baartman traveled from South Africa to England in search of fame and riches. She ended up notorious as the “Hottentot Venus,” a sideshow novelty billed as having the “biggest bottom in the world.” With a brilliant mix of vaudeville, spectacle and poetry, Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks puts her own slant on the story of this provocative figure in a masterpiece of unsettling drama.