Vaginas Everywhere


“The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler was first produced back in 1996, and there been thousands of productions since then.

At least three more are coming up around Nippertown within the next month:

You may know Rosanne Raneri better as a sublime singer-songwriter, but these days she seems to be focusing her considerable talents in the world of theater, rather than music. Raneri is directing a production of Eve Ensler’s perrenial “The Vagina Monologues” at Hudson Valley Communiy College’s Maureen Stapleton Theater in Troy at 8pm Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 and all proceeds will benefit Unity House of Troy.

Next month, students at Albany Law School are also mounting a production of “The Vagina Monologues.” Performances at 7pm on Friday and Saturday, March 26-27 will benefit the Albany Law School Family Violence Litigation Clinic, as well as Equinox, the local nonprofit organization that provides domestic violence services. Performances will take place at the Albany Law School’s Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom on the fourth floor of 80 New Scotland Ave. in Albany. Tickets for either performance are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information, or to reserve tickets, contact 518-445-3254 or

And Amanda Brinke will be directing a dinner theater production of “The Vagina Monologues” at Cafe 217 in Albany next month as well. The play will start at 7pm on Sunday-Tuesday, March 21-23, and a three-course dinner is included in the $35 admission charge. Call for reservations – and do it quick, ’cause this will definitely sell out – at 518.253.9821. Proceeds will benefit the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood and the 2010 V-Day Spotlight: Women of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Singer-songwriter Erin Harkes performed a short excerpt from the play at the Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque show at Savannah’s in Albany on Monday night, and it was a hoot.

While “The Vagina Monologues” is far and away, Ensler’s best known and most produced work, she’s done plenty of other work as a playwright, author and actress.

The Women’s Building at 373 Central Ave. in Albany is hosting two more Ensler-related events next month, both of which will also benefit the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood and the 2010 V-Day Spotlight: Women of the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a part of the monthly First Friday arts walk in Albany, the Women’s Building will be screening Ensler’s 2003 documentary film, “What I Want My Words to Do to You: Voices From Inside a Women’s Maximum Security Prison,” at 7pm on Friday, March 5. Admission is $7.

Here’s the trailer for the film:

And finally, Jeremy Ward is directing a production of Ensler’s play, “Any One of Us: Words From Prison,” at the Women’s Building at 7:30pm on Thursday-Saturday, March 11-13. There will be a talk-back session immediately following each performance. Admission is $10; students/seniors $8.

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