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Release: Aug. 24, 2001

'Vagina Monologues' opens Hancher slate

The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will launch its 2001-2002 performing-arts season with the Obie Award-winning theatrical event "The Vagina Monologues," presented in conjunction with the Iowa Women's Music Festival, at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The performances will be part of an extensive schedule of
"V-Week" events on the UI campus and in the surrounding area.

Amy Johnson Boyle, long-time Cedar Rapids TV news anchor, will be the celebrity guest actress in the three-woman show, joining touring actresses Tracey A. Leigh and Amy Love.

A portion of the receipts from "The Vagina Monologues" in Hancher will support the V-Day Foundation, a non-profit global movement founded by Ensler to stop violence against women and girls. The money raised for V-Day will be directly donated to designated Iowa City grassroots groups that work to end rape and violence.

In "The Vagina Monologues," playwright Eve Ensler gives voice to a series of funny, touching, horrifying, brazen and thoroughly human stories, based on interviews with a diverse group of approximately 200 women from around the world. The interviews, and the resulting script, explore a range of subjects including the onset of puberty, intercourse, giving birth, sexual orientation, and rape and other forms of sexual abuse.

Fintan O'Toole wrote in the New York Daily News, "Ensler reminds us that art is often at its best when it deals with subjects that are not supposed to be discussed . . . what Ensler shows so triumphantly is that by opening up such a subject, you can also reveal a whole range of human experience."

The Obie Award-winning show has been called "a bona fide phenomenon" (New York Times), "simply spectacular -- alternately funny, poetic and provocative" (Entertainment Weekly), "marvelous" (New York Daily News) and "a work of art and a piece of cultural history" (Variety).

In New York, "The Vagina Monologues" has become THE show to be seen in, attracting actress/celebrities including Annie Potts, Phylicia Rashad, Diahann Carroll, Brook Shields, Marlo Thomas, Brett Butler, Nell Carter, Robin Givins, Linda Ellerbee, Calista Flockhart, Melissa Joan Hart, Amy Irving, Rosie Perez, Ricki Lake, Carole Kane, Teri Hatcher, Teri Garr, Claire Daines, Erica Jong, Swoozie Kurtz, Rita Moreno, Andrea Martin, Loretta Swit, Katherine Helmond, Hayley Mills and Alanis Morissette.

Amy Johnson Boyle is now director of marketing and public relations for Coe College, but she covered numerous events at Hancher during her 13 years at KGAN-TV, including interviewing Twyla Tharp prior to her dance company's Iowa City performance, moderating a lecture by former

Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and broadcasting from Hancher's Millennium Eve celebration. She donates her time and talents to several local organizations, serving on the boards of the American Cancer Society, Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Catherine McCauley Center for Women and The Salvation Army.

Tracey A. Leigh's Off-Broadway credits include the New York premieres of "A Lesson Before Dying" at the Signature Theatre, "Up Against the Wind" at the New York Theatre Workshop, "Krisit" at Primary Stages. "Le Menage" at Café La MaMa ETC. and "Exhibit #9" at Theatre Outrageous.

Her regional credits include productions at Milwaukee Rep, A Contemporary Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Arena Stage, Indiana Rep, the Arizona Theatre Company and San Diego Rep. On TV she has been seen in "Law and Order," "Under Suspicion" and "Under One Roof," and she was the narrator for Lifetime's "Intimate Portrait: Terry McMillan."

Amy Love appeared in the world premiere of Tammy Ryan's "The Music Lesson" at the Florida Stage. Most recently, she was seen as Nurse Dickie in Louis Slotin's "Sonata" at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, where she is a company member. Her other New York theatres include the HB Playwrights Foundation, the Drama League, Lincoln Center's Directors Lab and the Rattlestick Theatre.

Her regional appearances include the Steppenwolf Theatre, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Fulton Theatre, the Pioneer Theatre, Theatre Virginia and the Hangar Theatre.

"The Vagina Monologues" includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether the event is appropriate for themselves or their families should ask for additional information about the content.

Catherine's, Domby, Dulcinea, R.S.V.P., Textiles and Velvet Coat are the corporate sponsors of "The Vagina Monologues," through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Ticket prices for "The Vagina Monologues" are: $32/30; UI student & senior citizens $25.60/24; youth $16/15. Hancher's volume discounts enable theatergoers to purchase tickets at substantial discounts. Ask the box office staff for details.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free,
1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's site on the World Wide Web: <http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher>.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: <hancherboxoffice@uiowa.edu>.

Other V-Week Events:

Women's Drumming Circle and Bonfire

Spirit Hill Women's Retreat near West Branch

Friday, Sept. 7

For information call 319/643-2613

Sponsored by the Iowa Women's Music Festival

Drag Show

Sunday, Sept. 9, time TBA

The Green Room, 509 S. Gilbert Street

Sponsored by the Iowa Women's Music Festival

Ruby's Reading

"The Vagina Monologues" Book Discussion

Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.

At Dulcinea, 2 S. Dubuque Street

Sponsored by Ruby's Pearl

Free Pap Tests

Planned Parenthood, 850 Orchard Street

Tuesday, Sept. 11, noon-8 p.m.

For appointment call 354-8000

or 1-800-568-2368; walk-ins welcome.

Sexual Assault Awareness Rally and March

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 12:30 p.m.

UI Pentacrest

Sponsored by Rape Victim Advocacy Program

Women Art Walk

Downtown Iowa City

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 5-8 p.m.

Dinner and Dialogue: "The Vagina Monologues"

UI Hillcrest Residence Hall

Thursday, Sept. 13, 5 —7 p.m.

Sponsored by Women's Resource and Action Center and UI Office of Residential Life

Self-Exam Workshop

Emma Goldman Clinic for Women

227 N. Dubuque Street

Thursdays, Sept. 13 and 20, 6-8 p.m.

WSUI "Iowa Talks" with one of "The Vagina Monologues" actresses

and Karen Kubby, director, Emma Goldman Clinic; hosted by Ben Kieffer

UI radio station WSUI AM 910

Broadcast originates from The Java House, 211 1/2 E. Washington Street

Friday, Sept. 14, 10-11 a.m.

Eighth Annual Iowa Women's Music Festival Outdoor Stage

Music, crafts, food for entire community

Performances by Zrazy and CommonBond

Iowa City Upper City Park

Saturday, Sept. 15, noon-5 p.m.