New Year Opens with 12th Annual VAGINA MONOLOGUES

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on January 3, 2014

A new beginning.

The new year brings hope, promise and an opportunity for change, the possibility of a better year than last. Looking forward, we get nearer our goal, and Clarksville comes closer to having its own center for arts and education. More of our citizens have come to understand what that will mean: the benefit to our children as well as the great economic boost which centers of this kind make to communities fortunate enough to have such an arts venue.

We began our season this past fall with an informal musical revue in the lobby on the terrazzo; and we begin the new year, up three flights of stairs to theotherspace, with our 12th annual production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. This world renowned theatrical event (title notwithstanding) focuses on women’s issues, and Ms. Ensler wants every production to address and not shy away from women’s abuse and to shed light on many misconceptions and ignorance.

In all that seriousness, however, there is much humor and fun to be had. Because of that, year after year groups of women gather together to make this production an annual social event. Groups meet across the street at Edward’s Steakhouse for drinks and a meal and, afterward, simply cross the street and mount the three flights of stairs for what is often a wild and raucous evening of sheer theatrical pleasure. Many repeat viewers as well as first-time Vagina Monologue attendees (sometimes referred to as “Vagina Virgins”) laugh, clap and shout out during this award-winning annual event.

This year’s three monologists are all well-seasoned actresses: Leslie Greene, Michelle Foletta and Adriane Wiley-Hatfield.

Leslie Greene, my favorite actress, has been with us almost from the very beginning. A great actress, a loyal friend, a colleague of distinction, a multi-Monte Award recipient and an actress for whom I have written three plays, she is and always will be the very essence of what an ensemble player means.

I have had the great pleasure of watching Michelle Foletta grow as an actress, from reprising her role as Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show, to starring as Daisy in The Great Gatsby, to soon playing Hero to Michael Spaziani’s Claudio in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Adriane Wiley-Hatfield again joins the band of monologists. She began not long ago in our Parks and Rec summer theatre program and went on in The Noble Heart (performing a part written for her) to play in Doubt. This will be her third year in The Vagina Monologues, and each performance is sure to be a riotous joy.

While, unfortunately, all of our productions do not sell out, The Vagina Monologues is the exception to the rule. So make plans early, for, more than seeing scads of red velvet, I hate turning people away with the sold-out show. The show opens next Friday, January 10, and performances continue on Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, through February 1.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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