Ekaterina Melnick and Mark Blanchard (Photo by Derek Jones)

Socks Whitmore –  Stage Raw

The term masochism (defined by the dictionary as “the tendency to derive pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from one’s own pain or humiliation”) is derived from the name of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, an Austrian author whose association with the subject stems from the plot of his best-known work, Venus in Furs. The erotic 1870 novella made history as a work rooted in female dominance and sadomasochism, which inspired the terminology. Over the past six decades, it has been adapted into over half a dozen films, as well as one peculiar work for theater by David Ives: the notably singular Venus in Fur, a two-person play-within-a-play currently being produced by Samadahi Entertainment at the McCadden Place Theatre. Read more…