play mounted in
Ketchum as benefit
‘The Vagina Monologues’
features 20 valley actresses
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
Playwright Eve Ensler began
performing something called "The Vagina Monologues" in 1996 at an
intimate Off Off Broadway theater. At the time she was working in
progressive small-theater settings creating topical dramas about
refugees from Bosnia, women in the American prison system and nuclear
Playwright Eve Ensler and Jane
Fonda perform in "The Vagina Monologues." Courtesy photo V-Day
Despite her already admirable
career, it was the loose series of open-minded and quirky short
monologues about how various women view their vaginas that raised
Ensler’s visibility and stature. She became not merely a respected
playwright but an important activist in the fight against violence
That play, "The Vagina Monologues"
which eventually won an Obie Award, has now been performed in many spots
around the globe from Lubumbashi in the Congo, Islamabad and Bosnia, to
a star studded event at Madison Square Garden in New York.
And now the monologues finally
will be staged in Ketchum. Produced by Figgleaf Productions, ‘The Vagina
Monologues" is being performed by 20 local actresses at the nexStage
Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. for one night only.
The worldwide schedule for
productions is between Feb. 1 and March 7, 2004, and can only be
performed once as deemed by V-Day, a nonprofit corporation that
distributes funds to grassroots, national, and international
All rights to perform "The Vagina
Monologues" are also handled by V-Day, of which Ensler is the artistic
director and founder. Each Worldwide Campaign organization must have an
appropriate beneficiary in order to secure the rights.
To that end, V-Day Ketchum 2004 is
donating 90 percent of its proceeds to The Advocates of Survivors of
Domestic Violence in Hailey. All campaigns this year are also donating
10 percent of proceeds to Spotlight Missing and Murdered Women of Juaréz
For more information on ticket
sales, call Tricia Swartling at The Advocates at 726-4191.