WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse will present Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning comedy-drama, "The Vagina Monologues," this Friday and Saturday.
According to director Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, "We're not doing a Sunday matinee because of the subject matter and nature of the play."
Each of the monologues, alternating among three actors, deals with an aspect of the female experience, with recurring themes of female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. Because of explicit content and language, the play is recommended for adults only. Reservations are available by calling (304) 737-3344.
‘VAGINA MONOLOGUES’ – ReGina Pino, left, Connie J. Wendel and Ashly Ceglie rehearse for the Brooke Hills Playhouse production of Eve Ensler’s comedy-drama, “The Vagina Monologues,” to be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Due to language and subject matter, the play is recommended for adults only. Reservations are available by calling (304) 737-3344. — Contributed
"The Vagina Monologues" has been staged internationally, and a television version featuring Ensler was produced by HBO. Barnhart says the play was written following extensive research by Ensler.
The cast of three, consisting of ReGina Pino of Steubenville, Connie J. Wendel of Glen Dale and Ashly Ceglie of Follansbee, all Brooke Hills Playhouse veterans, represents three generations of women.
ReGina Pino, last seen on the Playhouse stage last season in the readers' theater production of "Between the Acts," also has acting credits with the Hope Players and the then-College of Steubenville. For the past two summers, she has directed children's musicals for the Center of Music and Art's drama camp.
Connie J. Wendel made her Playhouse debut last summer in "The Haunting of Hill House." Wendel is well known to area audiences for roles at Ohio University Eastern and the Towngate Theatre.
Ashly Ceglie will be remembered by Brooke Hills audiences as Ashly Jackson, performing many roles at the barn theater. She also has credits at Brooke High School. Ceglie was last seen in the playhouse production of "Meshugah Nuns," and is returning to the stage in "The Vagina Monologues" after an absence of several years.
The Playhouse's 43rd season continues Aug. 1-3 and 8-10 with the annual production for younger actors, "Curiosity Cat" by Chris Grabenstein, based on Grabenstein's award-winning novel for middle school readers, "The Hanging Hill." The title character is an adventurous animal who is homeless, but uses his new status to help other cats, while avoiding an evil cat-catcher.
The rest of the season includes "The Congressman," a comedy by W. C. Parker, adapted for readers' theater by Charles Calabrese, Aug. 15-17; and Ken Ludwig's comedy-mystery, "The Game's Afoot or, Holmes for the Holidays," Aug. 22-24 and 29-31.
As was the case last season, all Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m. and all Sunday performances will be 2 p.m. matinees. For information, go to www.brookehillsplayhouse.com.