A new trio of gals — one comic, one TV host and one TV/film actress — has been announced for Eve Ensler’s long-running hit at the Westside Theatre, The Vagina Monologues.
Marga Gomez, Lisa Ling and JoBeth Williams will be the latest roster of celebrities to perform Ensler’s play, which explores the “humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas.” The threesome will begin performances Oct. 22 and continue through Nov. 10. Gomez, Ling and Williams will succeed Lea DeLaria, Tsidii Le Loka and Phyllis Newman, whose last performance in the Off-Broadway play is scheduled for Oct. 20.
Gomez is an openly gay comic who is the writer and performer of such works as Memory Tricks and A Line Around the Block, which were seen at New York’s Public Theater. Ling is the youngest of the co-hosts of the ABC-TV hit talkfest “The View,” and JoBeth Williams has starred in such films as “Poltergeist” and “The Big Chill.” Williams was also an Oscar nominee for her direction of the short film “On Hope.”
The Vagina Monologues are just that, solo contemplations of a woman's most intimate body part. Ensler interviewed 200 diverse women, including the elderly; African-Americans; and Bosnian rape victims, asking them a myriad of questions from "What do you call your vagina?" to "If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear?" Joe Mantello, who staged Love! Valour! Compassion! on Broadway, is the director of the show. A percentage of ticket sales for The Vagina Monologues goes to the V-Day Initiative, in support of women's issues. Tickets are $55. For further information on the Westside engagement, call (212) 239-6200.
—By Andrew Gans and Christine Ehren