"We're in the black. We operate modestly. We survive a lot on family donations and foundation donations as well as ticket sales," she said. "We fly under the radar. We may be small, but we are incredibly agile."
Randall, who lives in North Laurel, likes to talk about "journeys" and her path to the Venus Theatre has certainly been one.
A Prince George's County native and graduate of Friendly High School in Fort Washington, she moved to Laurel in 1986 at age 19. She attended the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and began a life of a peripatetic play producer, working on stages in five states. A frequent venue was the former Warehouse on Seventh Street in Washington.
The drama bug bit her at an early age.
"The Greeks hit me pretty hard," Randall said. "I was completely enamored of Medea. Why was she so murderous?"
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Her mentors and key collaborators along the way have included the late drama teacher Bud Stringer; UMBC drama department head Wendy Salkind; graphic designer Laura Schraven; and Amy Rhodes, co-founder of Zeke's Coffee House in Baltimore.
She has written several plays herself, one of which has been published: "Molly Daughter," a drama set against the Molly Maguire coal miner uprising in 19th-century Pennsylvania.
She founded Venus Theatre (the name comes from an in-joke about "Venus envy") so she could set down roots. She said she has come to love the community of Laurel.
Her operation currently has a staff of seven, who are paid a stipend. She can hardly count the number of playwrights she has worked with. Some of them have gotten their plays accepted after multiple revisions suggested by Randall.
One of the playwrights is Claudia Barnett, whose play, "Aglaonike's Tiger," will get its world premiere on the Venus stage this year.
"It's kind of like Greenwich Village. I think it's delightful," Barnett said.
Although Venus bills itself as a women-empowering performance company, Randall said she considers herself a writer first and a feminist second. She's interested foremost in plays that bring "an interesting dynamic" to her stage.
There's a sad note to this year's season, which is dedicated to Tricia McCauley, someone Randall said she loved very much. McCauley, an actress and yoga instructor, was raped and murdered in Washington on Christmas Day last year.
There's little question Randall will remain a fixture here. She likes to reminisce about her early years in Laurel working as a waitress and living on free pizza and cole slaw.