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VENUS IN FUR Announces Hot Nights on Broadway Package




VENUS IN FUR, the acclaimed new play now at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), announces HOT NIGHTS ON BROADWAY a special $99 value package that includes a ticket to the hit play, a post-show creative conversation featuring some of the country’s leading relationship experts speaking with members of the VENUS IN FUR creative team, and two complimentary post-event drinks at Nios Restaurant (146 West 46th Street).

HOT NIGHTS ON BROADWAY will be held on selected Wednesday evenings starting Wednesday, April 25 and each creative conversation will be moderated by publisher, producer, and talk show host Judith Regan (“The Judith Regan Show” on Sirius/XM’s Stars channel).

The HOT NIGHTS ON BROADWAY package can be purchased at or by calling 212-974-8844 and using code “TALKFUR.” The offer is valid for select Orchestra and Front Mezzanine seats during the evening performances of April 25, May 2, and May 9 only. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be modified or revoked at any time without notice.

Below is the schedule of experts and creative team members currently scheduled to appear:


VENUS IN FUR playwright David Ives and moderator Judith Regan will be joined by sex therapist and bestselling author Ian Kerner (She Comes First, He Comes Next), psychologist and author Esther Perel (Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic), and author and dating and relationship expert Andrea Syrtash (Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband)).


VENUS IN FUR playwright David Ives, director Walter Bobbie, and moderator Judith Regan will be joined by sexuality educator, sexologist, and author Dr. Logan Levkoff (How to Get Your Wife to Have Sex with You), and clinical psychologist & certified sex therapist Dr. Megan Fleming.


VENUS IN FUR playwright David Ives, director Walter Bobbie and moderator Judith Regan will be joined by  sexuality counselor and best-selling author Ian Kerner (She Comes First, He Comes Next), psychologist and author Esther Perel (Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic), and psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, columnist, bestselling author, and television commentator Gail Saltz, M.D. (NBC’s “Today” and regular columnist for

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VENUS IN FUR, the acclaimed new play by David Ives, directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie starring Tony Award nominee Nina Arianda and Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy is now in performances at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street).

Vanda (Arianda) is a preternaturally talented young actress determined to land the lead in Thomas’ (Dancy) new play based on the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Her emotionally charged audition for the gifted but demanding playwright/director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. This dazzling new play is written by theatrical mastermind David Ives, and directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. 

When it opened last fall, VENUS IN FUR received universal rave reviews from critics. Charles Isherwood of the New York Times said “Nina Arianda is giving the first must see performance of the Broadway season,” Adam Green of Vogue raved that “Hugh Dancy is smashing,” and Scott Brown of New York Magazine called the two young actors, “flawless” and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter said they have a chemistry that “sizzles.”

Longtime collaborators David Ives and Walter Bobbie have been lauded for their work on the production with the Times saying, “David Ives’ Venus in Fur, stylishly directed by Walter Bobbie, is a suspense-packed study of power that is as funny as any play currently on Broadway,” Thom Geier of Entertainment Weekly called it “an electric new Broadway drama with a sexiness that is stunning to behold,” and Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press said, “Walter Bobbie’s direction is taut and dangerous.”

VENUS IN FUR was highlighted as best of the year by The New York Times, Associated Press, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Bloomberg News, NY1, and Time Out New York.

VENUS IN FUR is produced at the Lyceum Theatre by Jon B. Platt, Scott Landis, Manhattan Theatre Club Productions, Inc. (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove Executive Producer), Jessica R. Jenen, Scott M. Delman, and Classic Stage Company.

The creative team for VENUS IN FUR includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Anita Yavich (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Acme Sound Partners (sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

Hugh Dancy is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

The regular performance schedule is Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.


IAN KERNER, Ph.D, is a sexuality counselor and New York Times bestselling author of numerous books including She Comes First, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages and continues to be an Amazon best-seller.  Ian appears frequently on the “The Today Show” and also writes a weekly sex column for CNN. Ian is certified by AASECT (the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors) and frequently addresses issues that are common to the "American bedroom." He lives with his wife and two sons (and a pit-bull named Jitterbug) in New York City

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Psychologist ESTHER PEREL is recognized as one of the world's most original and insightful voices on couples and sexuality across cultures. Fluent in nine languages, the Belgian native is a celebrated speaker sought around the globe for her expertise in emotional and erotic intelligence, work-life balance, cross-cultural relations, conflict resolution, and identity of modern marriage and family. Her bestselling and award-winning book, Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic, has been translated into 24 languages.

Perel's innovative models for couple relations and leadership have won her an international clientele, from the boardroom to the bedroom and from academia to television. For more than a quarter of a century, she has implemented effective transitions with international families, boards and executive teams.

A regular media commentator, Perel has been widely featured in the international press. She has been a guest on numerous television shows including the "Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Today Show," "CBS This Morning," TV Globo's "Fantastico" in Brazil and Andrew Denton's "Enough Rope" in Australia. Her interviews have appeared in leading publications such as The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Vogue, and The Guardian among others. Perel also writes a popular column for the magazine Oh La La, published by the Argentine newspaper La Nación.

GAIL SALTZ, M.D. Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst ,columnist, bestselling author, and television commentator Gail Saltz, M.D., has been called "a voice of wisdom and insight in a world of confusion and contradictions" by Tom Brokaw. Saltz is a regular health, sex, and relationship contributor to “The Today Show.” She appears regularly on many television news and lifestyle programs, newspaper outlets and is a regular contributor ofr Woman's Day Magazine as a go to person on a variety of psychological issues, especially those pertaining to women's emotional well being.

Saltz hosts a series at the famed 92nd Street Y entitled “Strength of Mind” where she interviews celebrities and extraordinary individuals about psychologically interesting issues. To date, she has spoken with such luminaries as Woody Allen, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Nancy Pelosi, Howie Mandell and Deepak Chopra, among others.

Saltz is the author of Anatomy of a Secret Life: The Psychology of Living a Lie and most recently The Ripple Effect: How Better Sex Can Lead To a Better Life.

An Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, Completing a fellowship in treating sexual dysfunction at Cornell, Saltz is a psychoanalyst with the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and has a private practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She lives in New York with her husband and three daughters.

JUDITH REGAN is a publisher, producer and talk show host. She hosts “The Judith Regan” on Sirius/XM Stars. Judith has published a wide range of authors including Wicked author Gregory Maguire, Wally Lamb, Doug Coupland, General Tommy Franks, Michael Moore and a number of erotically charged tales including Jenna Jameson's How To Make Love Like A Porn Star, Howard Stern's Private Parts, Ian Kerner's She Comes First, Tony Bentley's The Surrender and Sex Tips for Straight Women from A Gay Man to name a few.

MEGAN FLEMING. Clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist Dr. Megan Fleming guides her clients to achieve the life, relationships and sex that they want by helping them know, name and transcend what’s getting in their way. She is a clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist with a thriving practice in New York City, a diplomat of the American Association of Sex Educators and Therapists (AASECT) and certified IMAGO relationship therapist. She founded the Sexual Health and Rehabilitation Program (SHARP) at Beth Israel Medical Center and currently is a Clinical Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry for the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.

She is passionate about the role that sex plays in living our best lives. Our bodies are wired for pleasure and her goal is to help people understand and unlock barriers that may keep them from knowing their fullest potential for pleasure.

She has lectured and published extensively on the topics of intimacy, sexuality and lasting relationships. She has been a cited expert in numerous publications including the New York Times, Men’s Health and Cosmopolitan magazine.

Fleming specializes in treating both men and women with their sexual health and relationship concerns, including overcoming mismatched levels of desire, difficulties with sexual expression, and other physical and mental challenges in thriving sexually.

She provides individual and couples therapy, coaching and workshops.

LOGAN LEVKOFF Ph.D. Sexuality educator, sexologist, and author is a recognized expert on sexuality and relationships, Dr. Logan Levkoff encourages honest conversation about sexuality and the role it plays in American culture. Levkoff makes it clear that sex and sexuality are not “dirty” words; she works to create an environment where people feel comfortable asking (and getting answers to) their most personal questions. Logan empowers children, adolescents, and adults to embrace their sexuality and challenge the impractical, and often unhealthy, messages that they are exposed to.

As a thought leader in the field of human sexuality, Logan regularly appears on national television. She can frequently be seen on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “The Rachael Ray Show,” “The Early Show,” Fox News Channel, and CNN. Levkoff is a trusted source for publications such as Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Esquire, and Men’s Health and has penned sex columns for Fit Pregnancy, POZ magazine, American Health and Fitness,,, and The Sexual Health Network. Currently, Levkoff writes columns for Good in Bed, Maximum Fitness, and blogs for The Huffington Post and Dodson and Ross.

Levkoff is dedicated to perpetuating healthy and positive messages about sexuality. She speaks on a wide range of issues, including sexual health and sexuality education, trends in sexuality, relationship hurdles, and the role of sexuality in pop culture and politics. For over a decade, Levkoff has been teaching groups of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds. She has designed and implemented sexuality education programs, faculty development, and parent education in many secular and religious independent schools, universities, medical schools, and community organizations. Levkoff’s work with teens and parents has been profiled in numerous publications, including the New York Times.

Levkoff is the author of Third Base Ain't What it Used to Be: What Your Kids are Learning About Sex Today and How to Teach Them to Become Sexually Healthy Adults (NAL/Penguin, October 2007), which helps parents to understand the role sexuality plays in their children’s lives and empowers parents to become better at-home sexuality educators. Her latest book, How to Get Your Wife to Have Sex with You, is a digital guide for men (and their wives) who are looking to enhance their intimate life. Other than sleeping or actually having sex, reading the book is probably the most productive thing a couple can do together in bed.

Levkoff has been a spokesperson for Trojan and Sealy's "Whatever You Do in Bed..." campaign, serves on the Trojan Sexual Health Advisory Council, and has sat on the Board of Advisors for WET Productions, Maximum Fitness and Parenting Teens Online. She also wrote “The Espresso Dating Guide” (a joint project between Starbucks and Yahoo! Personals) and was the relationship expert for Bertolli’s “Dinner and Your Movie” campaign and Tupperware’s “Chain of Confidence” and “Relationship Reboot” programs. In addition to serving as their spokesperson, Levkoff hosted a web show, "Late Night with Logan," for the Trojan Vibrations Truck.

Levkoff is an AASECT certified sex educator. She received her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life Education from New York University and an M.S. in Human Sexuality Education and a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in New York City with her husband, son, and daughter.

ANDREA SYRTASH has contributed to over a dozen relationship-advice books and is the editor of How to Survive the Real World and How to Survive Your In-Laws. She is the author of He's Just Not Your Type (And That's a Good Thing) (Rodale, 2010) and Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband) (Rodale, 2011). Syrtash has shared relationship advice as a contributor to numerous popular sites including “Oprah Winfrey Show,” Yahoo, MSN & The Huffington Post; and she is the on-air host of “On Dating,” produced by NBC Digital Studios. She frequently appears as a guest on shows including “The Today Show,” VH1, Martha Stewart Radio and NPR. Syrtash's advice has also been featured in outlets including Cosmopolitan, OK!, Women's Health, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle andthe New York Times.   

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