The Vagina Monologues
V-Day Lake Charles & Itinerant Theatre 2017 Presents A Benefit Reading of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. Join Us as we LISTEN! ACT! and RISE! to Demand Revolutionary Change for Women and Girl Survivors of Violence.
Feb 24, 2017
Feb 25, 2017
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
V-DAY LAKE CHARLES/ITINERANT THEATRE JOINS ONE BILLION RISING
V-Day Lake Charles & Itinerant Theatre 2017 Presents A Benefit Reading of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES WITH Bianca Augustine, Cathy Chapman, Darby Domingue, Lisa Domingue, Jo Ann Hanks, Carmen Illan, Fataneh Kamrani, Joy Pace, Regina Shirelle, & Shauna Temple.
Join Us as we LISTEN! ACT! and RISE! to Demand Revolutionary Change for Women and Girl Survivors of Violence
On February 24th & 25th, 2017, at 7PM, V-Day Lake Charles/ Itinerant Theatre will present a two night only benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues at Ben Mount Theatre in Central School 809 Kirby St. Last year over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women. These highly successful events raised over $5 million through performances of The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant as part of the V-Day 2016 College and Community Campaigns.
This special benefit performance is presented this year as part of V-Day’s campaign ONE BILLION RISING: REVOLUTION, a global initiative that began three years ago as a call for women survivors of violence to Rise and demand an end to violence. In 2016, Risings will focus on highlighting, creating and envisioning new, brave and radical artistic initiatives to bring in the new revolutionary world of equality, dignity and freedom for all women and girls.
What are The Vagina Monologues? Hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous,” The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world – from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998. A special edition was released in hard cover and paperback in February 2008 in honor of V-Day’s ten year anniversary.
CAST & CREATIVE
Bianca Augustine (The Little Coochie Snorcher that Could) is a native of Leonville, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Beau Chene High School where she was an active member of many organizations, including the BCHS Drama Club, where she gained her first acting experiences. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from McNeese State University, where she is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Counseling. In addition to full-time graduate student, Bianca is also works in the mental health and academia fields, holding positions at Disney and Associates, McNeese State University, and McNeese’s Gambling Treatment Program. Bianca’s theatrical experience includes acting in the McNeese Bayou Player’s productions of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Almost, Maine, Devised Production, and Psychosis 4.48, as well as assistant stage managing, operating lights, and serving as prop master for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bianca also performed in Itinerant Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar and KC Productions of SWLA’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Theatre holds a special place in her heart, and she is excited to be back on stage!
Cathy Chapman (Because He Liked to Look at It) is new to IT, having stomped the boards and painted faces in local area theatre for the past 3 decades. She’s a veteran of 30 Gridiron shows, the annual fundraiser for the Ad & Press Club of SWLA. She and her rescue spitz, Emmie, volunteer with the Dr. Dogs Pet Therapy group working with children, seniors, and anyone needing a soft friend to cuddle. In her spare time, she works as a branding specialist for Halo Branded Solutions. “There is really nothing more to say – except why? But since why is difficult or harder, one must take refuge in how.” Toni Morrison
Darby Domingue (My Short Skirt) was born in Sulphur, Louisiana and has lived there for most of her life. According to her loved ones, she came into this world acting, and hasn’t stopped since. She has been involved in many McNeese productions with The Bayou Players, and has acted in multiple Coffee House Theatre performances with Itinerant Theatre. She is very excited to be working with IT again and is eager to learn all that she possibly can from this very talented group of people and the production itself. Darby plans to live the rest of her life with theatre sitting in the passenger seat. She looks forward to Itinerant’s future productions and hopes you all enjoy the show!
Lisa Domingue (The Flood) A Southwest Louisiana native and McNeese University alumni became interested in Itinerant Theatre after seeing “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Lisa has worked Front of House for “This Wide Night” and “Race”. She also has worked projection and assisted the Stage Manager for “Race”. She really looks forward to a great season with Itinerant. Lisa’s love for theatre was awakened when her daughter began her education in theatre at McNeese. Lisa has worked in the accounting field for over twenty years.The last five years were spent in the classroom teaching. Her interests include anything outdoors, working crossword puzzles,spending time with family,watching great movies and of course, theatre.
Jo Ann Hanks – For over 20 years Jo Ann has been seen on stages all across southwest Louisiana – The Lake Charles Little Theatre, Itenerant Theatre, ACTS, McNeese Theatre and A Block off Broadway in Jennings. Some of her favorite roles include Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, MyLynn in Steel Magnolias, Claire in Fuddy Meers, Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane just to name a few. She and husband Tony have been married for over 23 years and currently have 3 feline babies. Jo Ann is a deputy clerk at the Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Courts office.
Carmen Illán (Hair & Reclaiming CUNT) is an actress from Spain. She has a degree in Performing Arts, as well as a degree in ELA. Her curiosity makes her study about the things she likes: Editing and Directing, and she has just finished a Masters Degree in Educational Technology at McNeese. She is a single mom of baby Ethan, born in August 2016. She teaches Spanish at W.W. Lewis Middle, Sulphur and at S.P. Arnett Middle, Westlake. She has participated in the International Film and Music Festival of Lake Charles, as well as in other festivals in Houston and Toronto writing, acting, directing and editing her own short movies.
Fataneh Kamrani (My Vagina Was My Village) was born in Persia and raised in the United States. She speaks four languages and has travelled extensively in the United States, Persia, and Europe. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently working on a master’s degree in psychology with a specialization in applied behavior analysis. She has a deep respect for children and the challenges they face in a complex world, which underlies her passion for working with children. She is especially ardent when there is injustice where children are concerned. In her spare time she enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with family.
Joy Pace, (I Was There, In the Room & Director) Is the Artistic Director & Executive Director of Itinerant Theatre, is an instructor at Angelo State University, recently retired as three-year Chair of Region 6 for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and still serving on that committee as “Immediate Past Chair”. Joy has recently started a career in voiceover @ www.joypacevoice.com. Joy has worked professionally as an actor, director, vocal coach, instructor, and stage manager. Some of those credits include La Petit Little Theatre/Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans; The Blue Ridge Theatre Festival, Barksdale Theatre, Theatre Gym, and The Neighborhood School of The Arts in Richmond, VA; The Independent Theatre, Region 14 ESC, and Buffalo Gap Historic Village in Abilene, TX; and Theatre Workshop and Riverpark Center in Owensboro, KY.
Joy’s most recent directing credits include An Evening with Nellie Lutcher with Nellie by Carolyn Woosley, Race by David Mamet, Man of a Thousand Songs by Carolyn Woosley, Louisiana Women: Bound, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, All My Sons, Pygmalion, Othello, Waiting for Godot, & Working: a musical. Her favorite recent acting credits include “Mag” in Beauty Queen of Leenane, “Lorraine” in This Wide Night, ”Martha” in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, “Josie” in A Moon for the Misbegotten, and “Sister Aloysius” in Doubt. Joy is greatly looking forward to a life filled with theatre and social justice — her great passions — her family and her dogs.
Regina Shirelle (Angry Vagina) is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she was raised since early childhood. She is a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church where she is active in the Knights of Saint Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary, St. Rita Court #31. Regina Shirelle is no stranger to the stage performing with Gabriel Brown’s Urban Soul Theater in For colored girls who have considered suicide when the Rainbow is enuf, The Stage Presents Theater in Blues for an Alabama Sky, TNT Worldwind Productions in The Greatest Gift, Acting Bad’s Production of Just As I Am, and most recently in VIM Productions of That’s the Way of the World. The Vagina Monologues was one of the last productions that Regina’s mother, Agnes T. Joseph, saw her perform in before her untimely passing and she credits her ethics to her mother remembering that her mother instilled in her determination, hard work, a strong will, and a sense of self and community.
Shauna Temple (Vagina Workshop) is delighted to be making her debut with Itinerant Theatre. Recent/Favorite credits include Tracy Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY, Gaynelle in RED VELVET CAKE WARS , Latrell in SORDID LIVES, and Magenta in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. This is her third time performing in the VAGINA MONOLOGUES. She is beyond excited to be doing the show again, and to be sharing the stage with these amazing women. She hopes you all leave here with a new respect, understanding, and love for VAGINAS!! Pussies Unite!!!!