Saturday, 19 March 2011

STAGING ‘THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES’: Star-studded Jamaican cast to present Eve Ensler’s acclaimed play this week

Coming to the stage: V-Day Kingston 2011 will present a one-night only benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues at Theatre Place, 8 Haining Road, New Kingston, on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. This is the fourth year that the organisers, led by Fabian Thomas, will be presenting V-Day Kingston as part of the international V-Day campaign.

What are The Vagina Monologues: Hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway, dives into the mystery, humour, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. In 1988, Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem. A special edition was released in hardcover and paperback in February 2008 in honour of V-Day’s 10-year anniversary.

Who are the participants: The committed cast for the Kingston show comprises Teisha Duncan, Hilary Nicholson, Noelle Kerr, Nadean Rawlins, Althea Hewitt, Susie Braham, Charl Baker, Suzanne Beadle, Terri-Karelle Reid, Roxene Alveranga-Nickle, Julene Robinson, Jacqueline Logan and Beverly Hendricks, who will be joined by special guests Barbara McCalla, Dr. L’Antoinette Stines, Jacqui Fisher-Smith and L’ACADCO dancers Melisha McField, Samantha Daley, Trudy Smart and Joanna Simpson.

What is a V-Day Campaign: This is a catalyst for mobilizing women and men to heighten awareness about violence against women and girls. By creating this global community, V-Day strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women in the U.S and around the world.

A global perspective: V-Day Kingston is a local effort within the worldwide context of the 2011 V-Day Campaign.

A worthy cause: Part proceeds from The Vagina Monologues performance are to benefit the nonprofit EVE for Life. (To learn more: 492-9020, sankofaaf@gmail.com)

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