Donna Hanover, the actress-broadcaster wife of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has re-committed to the Off-Broadway staging of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. She will appear in the show Oct. 16-Nov. 5.
Hanover had been announced to perform in the play this past spring, but, after a media furor connected to her husband's race for the U.S. Senate, she released a statement on May 1, which said "Due to personal family circumstances, I have decided to postpone my performance in The Vagina Monologues. I will work with the show's producers and director to set a date to join another team of esteemed actresses in the future."
Hanover did not get more specific regarding the "family circumstances," but her husband, who was then running for the Senate against first lady Hillary Clinton, had recently revealed he was suffering from prostate cancer and would have to undergo medical treatment.
Since then Hanover and Giuliani have separated, with the marital split being played out generously in the daily papers; soon afterwards, the mayor dropped out of the Senate race. Rick Lazio is now the New York State Republican Party's choice for the seat.
* Hanover, seen in film and TV shows, was to have joined the cast at the Westside Theatre (Downstairs) for two weeks beginning May 30. The solo pieces that make up the evening are written by playwright-activist screenwriter Ensler based on her research, travels, interviews and experiences and explores the subjects of sexuality, orgasms, rape, empowerment, anatomy and love. The show began with just Ensler telling stories while seated in a stool, but now guest artists read her work in a rotating casting scheme that has proved popular.
Terri Hatcher, Ricki Lake and Regina Taylor are the current trio in Monologues, through July 23. The following two weeks bring Gloria Reuben, Julia Stiles and Mary Testa (Marie Christine).
Hanover has appeared in such films as "Keeping the Faith" and "The People vs. Larry Flint" and such soaps as "As the World Turns" and "One Life to Live." She is also a TV correspondent for "Good Day New York" on Fox in the New York City area. Hanover is not often seen with her husband in public.
Reuters reported that playwright-researcher Ensler is a friend of first lady Hillary Clinton and worked on her Senate exploratory committee last year.
--By Robert Simonson