And the Vagina Monologuists keep on coming. The latest names, lined up for July 11 through Aug. 6, are Teri Hatcher, Ricki Lake, Regina Taylor, Gloria Reuben, Julia Stiles and Mary Testa. Hatcher, Lake and Taylor will appear in the Off-Broadway show July 11-23; Reuben, Stiles and Testa will appear July 25-Aug. 6.
Hatcher is best known for playing Lois Lane in the television show "Lois and Clark," though she took a turn in the touring production of Cabaret in 1999. Talk show host Lake has also appeared in such films as "Hairspray." Regina Taylor recently starred Off-Broadway in Jar the Floor.
Testa is a constant presence on New York area stages, appearing in On the Town, Marie Christine, Tartuffe and, later this summer, You Can't Take it With You at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York. Stiles, a teen film queen with Shakespeare leanings, plays Ophelia in the current film of "Hamlet."
The latest actresses added to the ongoing Vagina Monologues line up include Carol Kane, Melissa Joan Hart and Phylicia Rashad. The trio will perform June 27-July 9. Kane was recently seen, albeit briefly, in Beth Henley's Family Week Off-Broadway. The play had a brief run, closing a week after opening. Rashad is best known for her role of the sitcom "The Cosby Show." On Broadway, she replaced Bernadette Peters in Into the Woods.
Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues, starring Ensler herself, returned to New York the Westside Theatre Oct. 3, after previews from Sept. 21. Vagina reveals a series of different women's stories and experiences involving their genitalia. New introductions to the monologues have been written for the various threesomes, who will divide the text between them.
Claire Danes, Mary Alice, Amy Irving, Rosie Perez, Audra McDonald, Swoosie Kurtz, Julie Kavner, Shirley Knight, Andrea Martin, Alanis Morissette, Gina Gershon, Annie Potts, Diahann Carroll, Marisa Tomei, Judith Ivey, Joy Behar, Hazelle Goodman, Holland Taylor and Viola Davis have already appeared in the production.
The upcoming schedule is as follows:
July 11-23: Teri Hatcher, Ricki Lake and Regina Taylor
July 25-Aug. 6: Gloria Reuben, Julia Stiles and Mary Testa
Joe Mantello, who staged Love! Valour! Compassion! on Broadway, is the director of the show.
$10 of each ticket sold to The Vagina Monologues will go to the V Day Initiative.
For information on the Westside engagement, call (212) 239-6200.
-- By Robert Simonson