Show Info

  • Written by:
    Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Directed by:
    Cynthia Croot
  • Show Times:
    Tuesday - Saturdays at 8:00 PM
    Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM
  • Location:
    Studio Theatre in the Basement of the Cathedral of Learning


Certainly among the most bizarre and repulsive incidents in the history of European colonialism and white supremacy — apart from the various genocides, that is — is the exploitation of a tiny, lone South African woman, Sarah Baartman. Billed as "The Hottentot Venus," she was hauled around Great Britain and France as a freak-show attraction in the early 19th century. Read the full review »

The play is built around the Venus role, a complicated one that mixes naivete, shrewdness, intelligence and resignation with a striking physical appearance. Bria Walker, teaching artist in residence at Pitt, captures all of these elements in a compelling performance. Read the full review »