Ensler's run will close out The Vagina Monologues' three-year run at the Westside Theatre Downstairs, which has featured rotating trio casts of celebrity actresses (for a complete list, visit http://www.vaginamonologues.com/performers.htm). Daniel Stern's comedy Barbra's Wedding follows Monologues into the Off-Broadway space on Feb. 11, 2003.
The Vagina Monologues are just that — solo contemplations on 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?" The play has been celebrated for its frank approach to its subject. The show is serious, comic, political, revealing and liberating, observers have said.
Ensler first performed The Vagina Monologues at HERE in 1996. Since the play's current Off-Broadway debut, her play Necessary Targets was produced around the world (including Off-Broadway in the winter of 2002). Her latest work, The Good Body, has its eye on Broadway in 2004, Ensler has said.
Joe Mantello, who staged Love! Valour! Compassion! on Broadway, is the director.
$10 from each The Vagina Monologues ticket 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. The Vagina Monologues is on the web at http://www.vaginamonologues.com.