They're here: Talking about the v-word

Based on over 200 interviews with women from around the world, Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues, “explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in the vagina.” That is, if you believe the hype that public relations types are famous for. That’s the first line of their press release.
It’s undeniable that this show has been a huge hit and that it has had a huge impact. It’s grown from an off-Broadway favorite into an international phenomenon, performed in over 40 countries. There are currently two North American touring companies booked in 160 cities.
And Charlottesville is on the list. To capture the essence of the off-Broadway production (which featured a number of well-known performers doing guest spots), this tour has been specifically designed to include special appearances. Well-known actresses who fill the “third chair” on the stage along with Gretchen Lee Krich and Joyce Lee– the featured performers– generally have a connection to the city where they appear.
Charlottesville’s own Amanda McRaven takes the stage in the production local audiences will see. McRaven has directed, produced, and acted in the play at UVA and at Live Arts. She has also toured internationally with Shenandoah Shakespeare and works as a director, writer, rock and acoustic DJ, and an acting teacher. She is currently directing the Live Arts production of True West.
Joyce Lee last appeared in TheaterVirginia’s production of Tamer of Horses and is a graduate of NYU’s graduate acting program. Gretchen Lee Krich has appeared in numerous New York productions as well as in television and film roles.
The Vagina Monologues was originally produced in 1996 by HOME for Contemporary Theatre in New York and opened off-Broadway in 1999. This production is directed by Abby Epstein, who has been in charge of several other incarnations of the show. Next season she takes on Eve Ensler’s anticipated new piece, The Good Body.

The show runs for eight performances beginning Tuesday, February 11, and continuing through Sunday, February 16, at the Jefferson Theater on the Downtown Mall. 7:30pm most evenings with 2pm matinees on February 15 and 16. $29.50-$38.50. Tickets are available on-line at www.musictoday.com or by phone at 800-594-TIXX.


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