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Blythe Danner and Brooke Shields in “The Vagina Monologues”

Directed by  Joe Mantello and Lisa Leguillou at Guild Hall 

A Benefit For Victims of Domestic Violence

Produced by Matt McGrath and Minerva Scelza

In association with the 2011 V-Day Campaign, Producers Matt McGrath and Minerva Scelza are proud to present a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on April 23rd at John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Starring in the production will be Blythe Danner and Brooke Shields. Directing the famous production will be Tony Award Winning Director, Joe Mantello and Lisa Leguillou.

The monologues, which were first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dive into the mystery, humor, pain, power, sexuality, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Famous personalities that have participated in the play include Kate Winslet, Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Queen Latifah, Whoopi Goldberg and Cate Blanchett. 

Joe Mantello’s directing credits include:  the Tony Award winning Wicked, The Original production of The Vagina Monologues, Other Desert Cities with Stockard Channing (currently running atLincoln Center), Pal Joey, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for the San Francisco Opera, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nomination), Blue Window, God’s Heart, The Santaland Diaries, Snakebit, Three Hotels, Imagining Brad. Mr. Mantello also directed the film Love! Valour! Compassion!   He is a recipient of numerous awards including: Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, and an Obie. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company. Mr. Mantello is currently in rehearsals for a Broadway production The Normal Heart.

Lisa Leguillou worked with Joe Mantello on Wicked, Frankie and Johnny…, Take Me Out and The Vagina Monologues. She appeared in eight Broadway shows; on TV in Sex and the City, NYPD Blue and NY Undercover; and in the films Changing Lanes, Center Stage, Everyone Says I Love You and HBO’s Angels in America.

V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. V-day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sexual slavery. Through V-day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues” to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own community. In 2011, V-day will celebrate its 13th anniversary.

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Posted: April 13, 2011