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CDC Theatre To Present 2nd Annual Short Play Festival Featuring The Vagina Monologues

originally published: 08/03/2018

CDC Theatre To Present 2nd Annual Short Play Festival Featuring The Vagina Monologues(CRANFORD, NJ) -- CDC Theatre, which is beginning its 100th Anniversary Season, will be presenting the Second Annual Short Play Festival September 6-8 featuring a limited engagement of The Vagina Monologues. Their anniversary season will include productions of A Few Good Men, Seussical, Mamma Mia!, and Newsies.

Playwright and performance artist Eve Ensler interviewed over 200 women from a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds and in 1996, The Vagina Monologues began as a one-woman show. This Obie Award winning tour of a forbidden zone is comprised of a series of character-driven pieces, almost like poetry, each revealing a different woman's experience with topics such as sex, love, tenderness, embarrassment, cruelty, pain, and pleasure. As the show increased in popularity, it began to be performed by an ensemble of actresses.

The CDC Theatre production will feature a cast of 16 actors, Katherine Brown, Faith Dowgin, Stephanie Ferreira, and Sheila Harding. Dana Harris, Kelsey Hoffman, Danielle Mastropiero, Krystina Matos, Christine Nau, Megan O’Brien, Shaina Panos, Kate Porzuelo, Susan Schwirck, Andrea Thibodeau, Rachel Valovcin and Sam Vargas and three directors, Anita Esteve, Meg Fry and Edgar Hidalgo.

A portion of the proceeds from the production will be donated to the Union Co. chapter of NOW, the National Organization for Women. The Union County chapter of NOW focuses on six priority issues including reproductive rights, ending sex discrimination/constitutional equality, promoting diversity and ending racism, economic justice, stopping violence against women, and LGBTQIA rights. The chapter welcomes new members to help fight for women’s rights on the local and national level.

“I am very excited to co-direct this production of The Vagina Monologues.”, offered director Meg Fry. “In my day job as a journalist who covers women-in-business, I often speak with diverse women of all ages who unfortunately share the common experiences of sexual harassment, workplace bias, lower pay, and more. The Vagina Monologues not only addresses the more difficult parts of being a woman, but also, some of the more spiritual and empowering parts, too. To be able to openly discuss and present the shared female experience to audiences while also supporting NOW in its mission to combat violence against women is a gifted opportunity that I am simply honored to accept.” 



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Additional information about the production and how to purchase tickets can be found by visiting the theatre’s website, cdctheatre.org





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(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is receiving $12,600.00 from the Cooperative Marketing Grant sponsored by the New Jersey Department of State: Division of Travel and Tourism. The award was given based on the scores of an independent evaluation and funding review committee that studied ELTC's application and marketing plan.
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(MADISON, NJ) -- The Writer’s Theatre of New Jersey is kicking off their 2019 season with a series of new play readings in the new Madison Community Arts Center venue. This Winter Madison will be filled with writers eager to hear their pages come to life in front of an audience. Starting on January 3rd and going straight through until January 17th there will be 15 plays in 15 days.
Pixie Dust Players Presents Home for the Holidays at UCPAC
(RAHWAY, NJ) -- To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Pixie Dust Players, Union County Performing Arts Center is happy to present Home for the Holidays on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:30pm. The event consists of a gala and a benefit concert featuring over 150 performers and music from 24 different shows, all from the past ten years of Pixie Dust Productions. Prior to the concert, there will be a gala with light fare, a magician, and more. Not only is this a fundraiser for UCPAC’s Youth Programming, but also a celebration supporting the continuance of this exciting partnership.
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Event calendar
Monday, Dec 17, 2018


MUSIC

THE NEPTUNES @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 7:00pm

Holiday Express Benefit Concert @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm

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