The first trio of actresses to take over Eve Ensler's duties in The Vagina Monologues -- Julie Kavner, Swoosie Kurtz and Audra McDonald -- will complete its two-week stint on Feb. 20.
Next up are Mary Alice, Rosie Perez and Amy Irving, who will give their first performance Feb. 22 for a run through March 5.
Alice is best known for her roles in Broadway's Fences (Tony Award) and Having Our Say. Irving last appeared on the New York stage in the premiere of Arthur Miller's Broken Glass. Perez, meanwhile, is primarily a creature of the screen, with such films as "Do the Right Thing" and "Fearless" to her credit.
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.
A large ad for the show in the Jan. 21 New York Times said "Beginning Feb. 8, three of the amazing women listed above will share the microphone at every performance. All these women will perform the monologues in the coming months." Among the listed actresses are such theatre vets, young and old, as Kathleen Chalfant, Elizabeth Franz, Mo Gaffney, Hazelle Goodman, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Kristen Johnston, Jane Krakowski, Patti LuPone, Camryn Manheim, Donna Murphy, Kathy Najimy, Lois Smith and Marisa Tomei. Also listed are film and television talents including Winona Ryder ("Girl, Interrupted"), Gina Gershon ("Snoops"), Rhea Perlman ("Cheers"), Julianna Margulies ("ER"), Lara Flynn Boyle ("The Practice," "Happiness") and talk show host Ricki Lake.
Perhaps the three most unusual women to be connected with the play are journalist Linda Ellerbee, novelist Erica Jong ("Fear of Flying") and pop sensation Alanis Morissette ("Bitter Little Pill").
No scheduling beyond the first four groups has been announced. The set schedule will run as follows:
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