The Vagina Monologues


the Play

After the triumphant crusade all over the world, the most famous and scandal play of the last few years comes to Russia. It arrives here to say goodbye to the strained taboos, to declare itself aloud and stay for long.

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.

First official Russian production of «The Vagina Monologues» is being presented owing to:

* Translator — Vasiliy Arkanov
* Director, producer and performance rights owner — Joel Lehtonen
* Actresses — Vera Voronkova, Anna Galinova, Ekaterina Konisevich.

Vasiliy Arkanov

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).

Director, producer and performance rights owner
Joel Lehtonen

«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 theatre seasons.
The latest production of Joel Lehtonen is the performance, based on the book by Svetlana Alexievich «Chernobyl Prayer». The premiere of the play took place on 26 of April, 2006. The play is dedicated to the twentieth anniversary of the disaster at Chernobyl APP.
At present Joel Lehtonen is working on the production of a play «Panic» by finnish author Mikka Miliaho. The premiere is scheduled for autumn 2007. The story will be «about the men on the verge of a nervous breakdown».

Vera Voronkova

Graduated from 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.

Anna Galinova

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».

Anna Galinova 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.

Ekaterina Konisevich

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 «» (based on the book by Victor Pelevin).

The team of the Russian production

* Costume Designer — Ruzanna Gukasyan
* Make-up designer — Irina Lyashko
* Make-up — Daria Izotova
* Light Designer — Vladimir Frumson
* Sound Directors — Andrey Durishev, Pavel Danilin
* Video Installation — INTEKTRA (Anna Titovec), with music and fragment of the performance by Tsunamikillcore
* Management and PR — Nika Garkalina, Natalia Vartapetova.