The Vagina Monologues
A well-known American playwright and activist Eve Ensler gathered in one choir monologues of different women, which excite, attract, amuse, surprise and force to take a new look over feminine essence.
Ms. Enslers Obie-winning play «The Vagina Monologues» has been translated into over 35 languages and running in theaters all over the world, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater and on London’s West End (2002 Olivier Award nomination, Best Entertainment.) Her experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.
Ms. Ensler is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Playwriting, the Berrilla-Kerr Award for Playwriting, the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, and the Jury Award for Theater at the U. S. Comedy Arts Festival, as well as the 2002 Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award for Leadership and The Matrix Award (2002).
«The Vagina Monologues» is not just a play, it is a social movement, which in June 2006 is celebrating it's first year in Russia.
During 2005-2006 «The Vagina Monologues» was shown in such Russian cities as Novosibirsk, Volgograd, Samara, Saratov, Vladivostok, Uzhno-Sakhalinsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Novokuznetsk, Ekaterinburgh. The performance has also traveled abroad, to Estonia (Talinn and Narva), Israel (Tel-Aviv, Haifa, Ashdod, Beer-Sheva, Jerusalem) and it is planned to show it in USA and Finland in 2007.
In September 2006 «The Vagina Monologues» performance was acknowledged as the «Best Innovative Project» by the award committee of the «Emotion Award» - new award for the best producers and managers in the show business industry.
In 2006 «The Vagina Monologues» play was staged in Saint Petersburg by the director Juliano Di Capua, this is the second Russian production of the play. The performance is shown at «Music-Hall» theatre in St. Petersburg.
In 2007 the first
Russian edition of «The Vagina Monologues» book will be published
by Moscow publishing house «Livebook». The book will be presented
on September 22, 2007 at Meyerhold center.
— Vasiliy Arkanov
is well-known by Russian TV audience. He is the reporter of the «NTV»
TV company in USA, and also the author and presenter of the program
«Broadway walks» on channel «Kultura» («Culture»). His articles often
appear in «ELLE» and «Domovoy» magazines during the last 8 years.
Besides the translation of «The Vagina Monologues», Vasiliy Arkanov
has done the translations of the musical «42 street» (together with
his father, Arkadiy Arkanov) and the novel «Everything Is Illuminated»
by the modern American writer Jonathan Safran Foer (was published
by EKSMO publishing house in October 2005).
«The Vagina Monologues»
in Moscow is a unique theatre production, produced with the efforts
of director Joel Lehtonen. His earlier plays – «Ice Pictures» (K.
Smeds), «4.48 Psychosis» (S. Kane) and first open-air theatre production
in Moscow – «Arab Night» (R. Shimmelpfennig) – are already recognized
by the public as the most interesting, stylish events of the last
Moscow Chekhov Arts Theatre Studio, was working in Moscow Chekhov
Arts Theatre. Now she is the actress of the Pushkin Theatre, and is
also playing in the productions of Meyerhold Centre («Arto and His
Double», «Mirror Carp»), participated in the project of Jury Grimov
«Dali», films: «Vremya Tancora» («Dancer’s Time») (1997), «Lubovnik»
(«Lover») (2002), «Mama Ne Goruy – 2» (2005), series «Dnevnik Ubiycy»
(«Killer’s Diary») (2002) and other theatre and movie projects.
One of the best young character actresses of Moscow, graduate of Shukinskiy College, actress of Gogol Theatre. Participated in the movie projects «Pastir’ Vseh Ovec» («Pastor of All Sheeps»), «Circ» («Circus»), «Moskva – Centralniy Okrug» («Moscow – Central Region»), in theatre performance «Comet in Moominland» (2006) and in the productions by Joel Lejtonen:«Ice Pictures», «Chernobyl Prayer».
received the award for the best woman's part in the performance «Chernobyl
Prayer», presented by the fifth «New Drama» festival, held in Moscow
in September 2006 and award of Omsk festival «Young Russian Theatres»
- for best performance of documentary material.
Graduate of Russian
Academy of the Theatre Art, bright actress of the underground theatre
projects; took part in the much-talked-of performances directed by
Jivile Montvilaite: «E-Fedra», «Parazity» («Parasites») and «Shlem.com»
(based on the book by Victor Pelevin).
* Costume Designer
— Ruzanna Gukasyan