Film actress Claire Danes will star Off-Broadway April 18-30, when she joins the hit New York production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. Danes made her mark in the short-lived but acclaimed television series, "My So-Called Life," and went on to star in such films as "Little Women," "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Mod Squad."
Danes will act alongside Jenifer [sic] Lewis and Mary McDonnell. McDonnell appeared on stage recently in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Summer and Smoke).
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.
Mary Alice, Amy Irving, Rosie Perez, Audra McDonald, Swoosie Kurtz, Julie Kavner, Shirley Knight, Andrea Martin, Alanis Morissette, Gina Gershon, Annie Potts and Viola Davis have already appeared in the production. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
April 18-30: Claire Danes, Jenifer Lewis & Mary McDonnell
May 2-14: Mo Gaffney, Marsha Mason, Lynn Whitfield
May 16-28: Diahann Carroll, Marisa Tomei, Rita Wilson
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