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Occurs on Saturday February 15 2020

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The Susan B. Anthony Project and LOVE|ART|PLAY present
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
in the Warner’s Studio Theatre February 15, 2020

The Susan B. Anthony Project, in conjunction with LOVE|ART|PLAY, will present Eve Ensler’s THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES on Saturday, February 15 at 7:00 pm in the Warner’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre as a special fundraiser. 

An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who “liked to look at it.”

“Ensler breaks taboos by talking, talking and talking some more - stripping fear and shame from what she celebrates here. It makes for quite a party. Funny, outrageous, emotionally affecting, and occasionally angry… The Vagina Monologues confront words to demystify and disarm them. In so doing, Ensler disarms the audience too.”
Associated Press
“Spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving… Written with a bluntness that is nevertheless intensely lyrical, it is both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history, a poem and a polemic, a performance and a balm and a benediction.”
Variety
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Beth Harvison

Beth is a musician, teacher, and actress with a Master Of Music from the Manhattan School Of Music. Beth has performed in numerous productions in Connecticut and most recently performed on stage in the musical Chicago at the Thomaston Opera House. Before moving to Connecticut, Beth was an active musician in New York City. When she is not onstage singing and acting in the community, she teaches music full time in the Region 12 School District. She is currently working on music and collaborating with Leland Williams and Janelle Robinson on a project for Love/Art/Play called “All About Women And Some Men Too”.


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Janelle Robinson

Janelle is an Opera, Musical Theater and Jazz singer, with a Master of Music from the famed Curtis Institute. She is an adjunct professor for Western Connecticut University. Her Broadway credits include the Cameron Mackintosh productions of Oklahoma and Disney’s Mary Poppins, originating the role of Mrs. Corry. She has worked with directors Hal Prince and Trevor Nunn and was in Susan Stroman’s revival of Showboat. Janelle’s many talents have been heard and seen in Europe, Japan on Broadway, and in Regional Theater and Opera companies


Leland Williams
Leland Williams

Leland attended SUNY Purchase, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She received the prestigious Gellinger best actress award in New York City. A favorite role was the journalist in “The Guys”, dedicated to firemen after the Twin Towers attack. The next two summers, Leland will be studying with Patsy Rodenburg, Head of Voice and Speech at The Guild Hall School in London. She will earn her master teacher certification in Rodenburg's theories of vocal production and looks forward to sharing her expertise with students and the community.


Arlene Begelman
Arlene Begelman - Director

Arlene Begelman was a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet under the tutelage of George Balanchine. Her career began with the Ballet Society which became the New York City Ballet Company.  Her theater/acting education was as a scholarship student at the King Coit School of Drama in New York City.  Ms. Begelman has been the Artistic Director of three professional theater companies; Connecticut Stage Inc.,(CSI), Actors Repertory Company,(ARC)and Stage II Opera Company.  She has directed, staged and choreographed over 80 productions. Ms. Begelman moved to New Milford, Ct. in 1981 where she founded The School of Performing Arts and Connecticut Stage Inc. and remained its director until 2006.  Many of her students have gone on to major careers in dance and theater as well as Broadway, Regional Theater, TV and film.  A partial list of Arlene's directing credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Don Juan in Hell, Luther, Pinter Sketches, Roar of the Greasepaint, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun, and Oliver. Ms. Begelman since 2016 is the founder and President of LoveArtPlay, a non-profit arts organization, dedicated to collaborative art. Ms. Begelman still teaches and coaches.


Susan B. Anthony Project works to promote the autonomy of women and the safety of all victims of domestic abuse/sexual assault in northwest Connecticut as well as to promote community action toward ending domestic violence and sexual abuse.  Their clients are women, men, and children who are representative of diverse multicultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.  The agency provides confidential and free services including a 24-hour crisis line, 1:1 peer counseling, emergency shelter, support groups and advocacy for victims.  Transitional housing offers extended services to previously sheltered families creating a place to live without abuse while helping to achieve autonomy and work toward long-term goals.  Community Education programs are offered to school students in grades K-12 and beyond and to children in summer camp.  Through presentations in schools, to civic groups, healthcare, police and other professionals, the agency seeks to build understanding of the scope of abuse and its impact/costs to individual women, children and society.  www.sbaproject.org, 24-hour Crisis Line: 860-482-7133

LoveArtPlay is a non-profit arts organization that promotes original arts projects with professionals and non-professionals of all disciplines, encouraging them to step out of their safety zones to work on collaborative projects. LoveArtPlay hopes to nurture and develop nascent talents that exist in our communities and provide opportunities for blossoming talents through workshops, lectures and demonstrations. Many of the LoveArtPlay performances have raised funds for charities that benefit deserving men, women, and children of all ages. Bringing the experience of the arts into our daily lives is the primary mission for LoveArtPlay, believing that the arts enrich, enlighten, inspire, and educate us all towards developing a more positive humanity. The LoveArtPlay wish list includes a theater space for artists to gather while working on projects without monetary or time constraints, establishing a youth theater of divergent talent and providing a place for the community to see artists work and develop while itself participating in many of their planned projects. LoveArtPlay encourages participation by interested performing and visual artists as well as volunteers in any of its future programs. Contact: Arlene Begelman c/o LoveArtPlay @ gmail.com  www.love-art-play.com


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