'Monologues' to tour in campaign to fight violence against women

Perseverance holds auditions for three female parts

Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2002

Perseverance Theatre is seeking three women for "The "Vagina Monologues." The play by Eve Ensler was an off-Broadway hit in the late 1990s and will be produced this winter by the theater. The production, an addition to the regular season, is scheduled for mid-February and will include two performances in Juneau and a four-week tour of Alaska.

Director Anita Maynard Losh is holding auditions Tuesday night, Oct. 29, after 6 p.m. Women interested in performing should call 364-2421, ext. 8, to schedule an audition. For questions, call Maynard-Losh during the day at 364-2421, ext. 23. Participation in the play is full-time for six weeks and is paid.

The play is a series of monologues delivered with minimal staging. Maynard-Losh is looking for an older woman, a younger woman and a middle-aged woman, including at least one Alaska Native. Copies of the script are available at the reference desks at Juneau libraries. Maynard-Losh said there is no need to prepare an audition piece and actors can simply read from the script.

"The Vagina Monologues" is being produced internationally in connection with V-Day, a campaign to end violence against women.

"We're involved in V-Day Indian Country, a special project looking at Native American women," Maynard Losh said. "The rate of rape and sexual assault for Native American women is three and a half times that for other women."

Rehearsals will begin in early February. After the Juneau shows the cast and crew will travel to Sitka, Barrow, Bethel and Dillingham, and spend a week in each location. In addition to the production, educational programs will be held in each community, and women from each community will be invited to participate in the show.

Former AWARE shelter director Annette Coggins is working with Perseverance to produce the show and tour.

Eve Ensler wrote "The Vagina Monologues" based on interviews with women from around the world, said Maynard-Losh. "It's their stories and voices," she said. "It deals with issues of violence against woman. Some are very funny, some are moving, some are controversial."

She said the play contains mature language, and adult themes and is not intended for children.

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