First performed by Eve Ensler in 1996 at HERE Arts Center, The Vagina Monologues has been performed countless times, in multiple languages and many countries. Its lasting power as an ever-adapting collection of essays is second only to its ability to provoke conversation around the constantly shifting perspective of the feminine.
About the director:
Patricia Charbonneau's training began with Fred Karamen from the acclaimed Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, as well as with Winn Handman of the American Place Theater. She owes her film debut to Donna Deitch for directing her in the ground
breaking film, Desert Hearts, for which she was nominated for The Independent Spirit Award for her portrayal of Cay Rivers.
Ms. Charbonneau went on to work in over thirty films and television series, working with Oscar winning directors William Friedkin and Michael Mann, and performing with William Peterson, Stanley Tucci, Julie Andrews, Sam Waterston,
Diane Weist, and James Garner.
Ms. Charbonneau honed her craft performing in classics as well as new American plays in New York, Los Angeles Europe and Australia. She has been passionate about introducing theater to children and young adults, teaching workshops, and directing fundraisers for local art and community
foundations in the Northern Catskills. She is very excited to be working with The Maude Adams Theater Hub and looks forward to many productions together!
Meet the Cast:
Jessica Gibbons is excited to connect with MATH and the opportunity to work on a smorgasbord of savory roles. Some past favorites include: Domina in Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arsione in School for Lies, Myra in Hay Fever, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Maria in Lend me a Tenor and most recently, the Chaperone, in The Drowsy Chaperone. Off stage Jessica is an award-winning batik artist, floral designer, and writer of historical romances (w/a Jess Russell). Her book, Mad for the Marquess, was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA Awards. She is currently working on the next book in the series. Huge thanks to Linda, Tim, Patricia, and Amy!
Josie Moon was raised right here on the mountain top and involved with community theater all throughout her childhood. With a thirst to explore the world, she lived and worked in NYC, Paris, Barcelona, Colorado & North Carolina, only to be called back to her beloved Catskill Mountains fifteen years later.
These magical lands beaconed her to work with the native medicinal plants and mushrooms to provide healing support for the community and beyond. And thus she listened. Josie Moon now works at Catskill Montessori School, teaching Herbalism to bright children of all ages and has a small batch herbal business of her own called Mighty Moon Medicine.
Caitlin McColl (SAG-AFTRA) is a resident of Lexington, and is thrilled to be working on her first production on the Mountaintop. She holds an MFA in Classical Acting (Shakespeare Theatre Company at the George Washington University), and has worked in film and television (VEEP, Confessions of a Shopaholic), as well as in regional theatre.
Originally from Connecticut, Kathy Alexander has enjoyed working with The New York Theater Workshop, CT Playmakers, and Arch Villains Theater Company. From performances in Richard III to A Day, A Night, And Cole Porter, Kathy likes to experiment in all forms of theatre. A few of her favorite roles include, Iris in Answer the Question, Iris, Gilmer in Godspell, and Mrs. Hale in Trifles. She's also worked as a set designer and prop master for commercials, web series, and community theater. Kathy has sung lead tenor and soloist with "Chris Coogan and the Good News Gospel Choir" for more than twenty years, and has had the privilege of singing with Mavis Staples, and for Jose Feliciano. She's recently followed in her grandfather's footsteps by joining the Barbershop Society of America as a baritone, and is very proud to have been part of The New York Theater Workshop's choir. When not onstage, Kathy enjoys attempting to play the fiddle, and singing with her husband of thirty years, Lou. She also creates art from natural materials in her studio "Three Bears' Studio"in Ashland, NY. Kathy's excited to be making her debut at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, and thanks the directors for the opportunity.
Hedda Flynn first set foot on a stage as a Munchkin at the age of four, and will be marking her 40th performance in The Vagina Monologues. Most recently seen in the Maude Adams Theater Hub's productions of The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta) and Into the Woods (Cinderella) at the Orpheum Performing Arts Center. Hedda also appeared this past summer in The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet VanDeGraf) at the Onteora Club, and includes Mathilda (Miss Honey), Frozen Jr. (Elsa), and Spamalot (French Guard) as some of her most memorable performances.
Molly Gaebe is a comedian and co-founder of Rubbish Comedy, a comedy training school and performance collective in NYC. She performs regularly in Ten Bones Theater Company's 'Entirely From Memory' improvised movie series at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Molly is a writer and performer at Abortion Access Front, a reproductive rights organization that supports clinics and uses comedy to expose anti-choice extremists. She lives in Big Indian with her wife and their stuffed animal pig named Piggy Gazebo.
Cara Dantzig is honored to share the stage with these incredible actors in this Production of The Vagina Monologues. This is Cara’s third time performing with the Maude Adams Theater Hub, most recently as Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, also playing the Baker's Wife in the July 2022 production of Into the Woods. Cara is a member of the Greene room players Songbirds. Other performances on the mountaintop include, Letters to Santa and a Yo Ho Ho: A Pirates Christmas. She is so thankful for her continued “pinch me” moments working alongside such talented people. Cara lives in Elka Park with her super supportive husband and two daughters.
Myra Garcia is a resident of Jewett with her husband Geronimo and daughter Marina. Myra is an active member of the mountaintop arts community. She has performed locally in Nunsense, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show, Letters to Santa, and with the vocal ensemble, The Songbirds. She is thankful for her fabulous group of female friends, The Catskill Mountain Foundation, MATH, Patricia and the other fearless, beautiful women she will be sharing the stage with tonight.
FREE THE V!
Caitlin Connelly is thrilled to be returning to the stage at the Doctorow Center for the Arts. She is a native Hudson Valley theatre and film actor and a graduate of: Bard College at Simon’s Rock where she studied Performance Arts, FIT - Accessories Design, SUNY New Paltz - Vocal Jazz/ Music Therapy Emphasis, & the Center for Natural Wellness - Massage Therapy. She was awarded first place in the Hudson Valley Voice 2012 and awarded Best Actress at the 2021 Turnpike Film Festival. She is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Company.