Kurtz, Lewis and Shields Leave L.A. Monologues, Jan. 21

News   Kurtz, Lewis and Shields Leave L.A. Monologues, Jan. 21 Swoosie Kurtz, Jenifer Lewis and Brooke Shields will end their run in the L.A. production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, which is a box-office hit at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, on Jan. 21. The trio began their stint on Jan. 2, replacing Nora Dunn, Teri Garr and Sanaa Lathan. A new cast handles the acting chores every three weeks, with Joe Mantello directing.

Swoosie Kurtz, Jenifer Lewis and Brooke Shields will end their run in the L.A. production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, which is a box-office hit at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, on Jan. 21. The trio began their stint on Jan. 2, replacing Nora Dunn, Teri Garr and Sanaa Lathan. A new cast handles the acting chores every three weeks, with Joe Mantello directing.

Ensler has given voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant and thoroughly human stories. Based on interviews with a diverse number of women, her play explores the humor, power, pain, mystery and wisdom hidden in the human body.

A generous portion of every full-price ticket plus a percentage of the production's profits will be donated to the V-Day Fund, which supports groups working to end violence against women. Proceeds will be divided between local, national and international organizations.

Kurtz, a two-time Tony Award-winner (for House of Blue Leaves and Fifth of July), appeared in The Vagina Monologues in New York. Lewis will perform her new one-woman show, Getting It Off My Chest in New York in February. Film/TV actress Shields made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in the recent revival of Grease.

Canon Theatre is located at 205 N. Canon Drive. For tickets and information call (31) 859- 2830 or visit www.vmlosangeles.com —By Robert Simonson
and Willard Manus