Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin and Goldie Hawn are just a few of the stars who will perform Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, at a special benefit in New York on Valentine's Day -- February 14, 1998 -- with proceeds going to the effort to stop violence against women.
And now, Calista Flockhart, TV's "Ally McBeal," who starred on Broadway in Frank Galati's 1994 revival of The Glass Menagerie and in Ensler's Necessary Targets benefit with Meryl Streep, joins the group. The gala, the jewel in the crown of a daylong event, "V-Day 1998," will be held at the 2,000-seat Hammerstein Ballroom Theatre on West 34th Street in New York.
The Vagina Monologues was originally produced in New York starring Ensler and is based on hundreds of interviews with women who talked freely and in detail about their lives. (For more information on Ensler and The Vagina Monologues, see Playbill On-Line story Playwright Ensler Targets Women's Issues.)
The list of performers confirmed for the Valentine's Day gala includes Margaret Cho, Glenn Close, Calista Flockhart, Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, The Klezmatics, Kathy Najimy, Rosie Perez, Robin Roberts, Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Lois Smith, Phoebe Snow, Gloria Steinem, Marisa Tomei, Lily Tomlin, Ulali, Chantal Westerman (from "Good Morning America"), Joanne Woodward and the singing trio Betty.
Dylan McDermott, Fisher Stevens, and Harvey Fierstein are among many male celebrities volunteering their services as ushers that evening. Tickets for the Feb. 14 performance at 7 PM are onsale at Ticketmaster, (212) 307-7171. Tickets cost $250, $500 and $1,000. $1,000 tickets provide box seats and cocktails with the V-DAY cast.
To purchase tickets online or for more information, see the V-Day website at www.feminist.com/vday. On Jan. 8, specially priced tickets and preferred seating will be made available to Playbill On-Line Club members through the Playbill On-Line Club.