Saturday, February 2, 2008
2008 Trying New Things Challenge
On February 15 and 16, the Little Blue State Theater Company will host a benefit performance of the Vagina Monoloques. My eighteen year old daughter, Shiny, and I are both in the cast, along with several friends. My family will be in the audience, along with the gynecological oncologist who treated me three years ago.* I expect he will learn a thing or two about the women he treats!
This is the first time I've been on stage since I played the Giant in "Jack and the Beanstalk" at Camp Carysbrook sometime in the early 1970's. (In a small-world twist, the director of "Jack and the Beanstalk" grew up to become the artistic director of the Little Blue State Theater Company where the V Monologues will be staged.)
The Vagina Monologues, were written by Eve Ensler, who interviewed hundreds of women about their bodies and their lives. The monologues will bring you to tears, both from laughter and from pain. It's grown from a one-woman show to a world wide phenomenon. Our cast is an amazingly diverse group of women ranging in age from 18 to 86, both professionals and amateurs. Experiencing this with my daughter moves me beyond words.
The community has responded enthusiastically and the Friday night show sold out immediately, so the organizers added a Saturday matinee, which is also almost sold out -- and that's with almost no advertising! I'll keep you posted as we get closer to performance time.
*My doctor just gave me a clean bill of health, so I can relax for a bit. Whew!