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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
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:
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
Sunday, Sept. 9, time TBA
The Green Room, 509 S. Gilbert Street
Sponsored by the Iowa Women's Music Festival
"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.
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
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"
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
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.