Broadway's Marin Mazzie will join The Vagina Monologues Dec. 3-22, according to the actress' official website. Who will accompany the Tony-nominated star of Ragtime and Kiss Me, Kate is not yet known.
Mazzie made her Broadway debut as Mary Jane Wilkes in Big River. She was nominated for her first Tony Award in 1994 for Passion, followed by Best Actress for Mother in 1998's Ragtime and for Lilli Vanessi/Katharine in 2000's Kiss Me, Kate. Mazzie was nominated for an Olivier Award for reprising her Kate role on the West End.
Currently, The Vagina Monologues features Olivier Award winner Suzanne Bertish, three-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh and A Class Act's Sara Ramirez, performing through Dec. 1.
The Vagina Monologues are just that, solo contemplations of a woman's most intimate body part. Ensler interviewed 200 diverse women, including the elderly; African-Americans; and Bosnian rape victims, asking them a myriad of questions from "What do you call your vagina?" to "If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear?"
Ensler first performed The Vagina Monologues at HERE in 1996. Since the play's current Off-Broadway debut, her play Necessary Targets was produced around the world and Off-Broadway in the winter of 2002. Her latest work, The Good Body, has its eye on Broadway in 2004, Ensler has said. Joe Mantello, who staged Love! Valour! Compassion! on Broadway, is the director of the show. A percentage of ticket sales for The Vagina Monologues goes to the V-Day Initiative, in support of women's issues. Tickets are $55. For further information on the Westside engagement, call (212) 239-6200.
– By Christine Ehren