Deborah Randall has a feeling that Venus Theatre’s current production, “The Powers That Be,” is going to offend someone.
With an opening scene that features her bound, gagged and hanging from the ceiling, to a score that features “screaming rock,” the rock opera is a collaboration between Randall and her musician husband, Alan Scott, that deals with what it means to be a “woman right now.”
“You’re double-bound as a woman,” Randall said. “You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. It’s time to scream a little.”
This is the 70th women-empowering project that Venus has produced, Randall said, and it the third time she has collaborated with her husband.
“He and I were in the middle of nowhere with a huge screened porch,” Randall said. “I wrote on notes. In two days, we wrote 17 songs.”