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Venus Theatre thrives as home for women empowerment

Venus Theatre thrives as home for women empowerment

Playwrights from as far away as Australia and Greece submit plays to Laurel's Venus Theatre. Critics laud the theater's edgy and provocative vision. Audience members drive in from other states.

"We're not really a community theater," allowed founder Deborah Randall.

Yet seating at this acclaimed venue on C Street maxes out at 30. It has 15 seats on either side of the stage. From your seat, you can almost touch an actor.

Randall's not kidding when she calls it an "immersion" experience.

"There's something beautiful and connected about such a tiny space," she said. "In the audience, you're breathing next to someone. A lot of them...

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