‘Monologues’ return to Waldo Theatre

Apr 18, 2014
The cast of the 2014 “Vagina Monologues” includes Lisa Kristoff, front; from left behind her, Joanna Makara, Kate Lagueux, Dalie Lawrence and Dede Grant; and, in back, Jennifer True, Ellie Busby, Dan True and Sandra Lawrence.

Waldoboro — The Midcoast-based Girl Power Productions will present its 14th edition of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Waldo Theatre, Main Street/Route 220. Directed by actor and V-Day activist Ellie Busby, the show will benefit New Hope for Women and the newly re-opened shelter Hospitality House of Knox County.

Since 2001, Girl Power Productions, Inc. has brought the V-Day show to stages in Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Knox counties. This year’s production includes many new and often humorous monologues because, said Busby, “It’s nice to temper the serious with the lighthearted.”

The 2014 cast includes women and men, bankers and teachers, writers and DHHS workers, office workers, reporters and students, plus guest humorist and cabaret artist Ida Zecco. Local performers are Busby, Sandra Lawrence, Dede Grant, Joanna Makara, Kim Fletcher, Dagney Ernest, Lisa Kristoff, Dan True, Erin Blomquist, Jennifer True, Geary Smith, Nick Azzaretti, Katherine Lagueux, Melissa Hearth and the “V-Girls” — Cayleigh Hearth, Alexis Fetteroli, Julia Kurr, Alivia Kurr and Dalie Lawrence. UPDATE: ZECCO HAS HAD TO WITHDRAW DUE TO ILLNESS; local performerLaurie Brown will join the cast this weekend.

“It's exciting to see more people participating,” Busby said. “We have performers as young as 8, performing the ‘Girl Facts’ at the beginning of the show.” That piece includes statements taken from worldwide research among 15,000 young girls. Girl Power also has special permission to incorporate three pieces from "The MENDing Monologues,” performed by the cast’s trio of men.

Since its inception in 1998, V-Day, which includes performances of “The Vagina Monologues” worldwide, has raised more than $120 million dollars to date. Ninety percent of profits from the Waldo production will go directly to New Hope For Women and Hospitality House. The last 10 percent, called the Spotlight donation, has helped to build shelters and safe houses in Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where V-Day built the City of Joy and, added last year, V-World Farm, which grows most of the food needed by the shelter.

“Our City of Joy is a haven of transformation, healing and love,” said Busby. “Both City of Joy and V-World Farm are thriving … by the end of May, 400 young women, who changed their own lives, will have graduated and will be impacting the lives of those in their communities.”

Tickets for “The Vagina Monologues: Rising for Justice” are $15 at the door. Reservations can be made at 832-6060, where group rates also may be arranged.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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