V-Day Laguna Beach 2004 presents

“The Vagina Monologues”

as part of the V-Day Worldwide Campaign
Friday, February 27, 2004, 8pm

We had a fabulous time, see you next year !

    Romero Photography

Cast: Jonelle Allen, Lola Gillebaard, Connie Merritt
Directed by Anthony Barnao

Tickets at Laguna Playhouse: 949-497-2787, #1
$75 – General tickets – open seating 
credit cards accepted, tax exempt

a limited number of VIP tickets – 949-497-1200 
includes reception, valet parking and preferred seating

  Email: Laguna Beach Woman'Club

this will be a benefit production for 
the Women's Resource Center and Human Options

held at [SEVEN DEGREES] Laguna Beach
891 Laguna Canyon Road

What is V-Day? V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, a fierce catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop worldwide violence against women and girls including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sexual slavery.   V-Day Worldwide Homepage

Goal: To raise awareness about violence against women and girls and raise funds for our beneficiaries – 
the Women’s Resource Center of Laguna Beach and Human Options.  

Women's Resource Center
Our mission is to support all women seeking education, empowerment and access to community resources. Service areas we offer, but not limited to: Domestic Abuse, Legal Services, Employment Counseling, Substance Abuse Issues, Children's Services, Health Issues and Temporary Housing. Email Us

Human Options
Our mission is to help battered women, their children and our community break the cycle of domestic violence. We provide emergency shelter, 24-hour hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, community education, batterer's intervention, elder abuse prevention and family healing. more about Human Options

Jonelle Allen Jonelle Allen received a Tony® Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the Broadway musical, Two Gentleman of Verona. She has also won a “N.A.A.C.P. Image Award,” the "Drama Critics Award," "Drama Desk Award," "Theatre World Award." She was Pirate Jenny in the UCLA Reprise Series of The Three Penny Opera and won the “Drama Log Award” for her role in the Long Beach Civic Light Opera’s Man of La Mancha. You may remember her as Grace on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and Doreen in the NBC soap Generations, as well as guest starring roles on E.R., Strong Medicine, Cagney & Lacey, The Hitchhiker, Twice in a Lifetime, Brave New World and Hill Street Blues.    more about Jonelle

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Lola Gillebaard  a Laguna Beach resident since 1976, is a transplanted steel magnolia native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She writes funny. She talks funny, and she’s a sit-down comedian. She’s a well-known professional speaker and has performed two one-woman shows: Life's Funny That Way and Growing Old Disgracefully. She’s a cancer survivor and has experienced 17 major surgeries, each of which she brushed off like just another mosquito bite. Her latest book was published in 2002: Laughter Made from Experience.  Lola is the mother of 4 sons who still like her, and she has been married to the same man for over 48 years. At 72, she lives her life as if she were at a party, and she’s having the best time of all.        more about Lola

Connie Merritt has been a Laguna Beach resident since 1969, arriving as young R.N. to work at South Coast Medical Center in the ICU and ER. She shed her scrubs to sell real estate in town for eleven years and then started her own speaking business, addressing the nation's top corporations and associations on how to help make life simpler and more fun. She's the author of Finding Love (Again!) The Dating Survival Manual for Women Over Thirty and The Taming Guidebook Series, contributor to Chocolate for a Woman's Soul and God’s Vitamin C for the Spirit of Women. Her next book, Before Getting Naked … Things You Need to Know Before Baring All  promises to be funny, insightful and edgy. Connie shares her home with her husband, Lynn Hughes, and their fur children, Lucy and Buddy.      more about Connie

Trained under Jose Quintero, Anthony Barnao's New York Credits include Come Back Little Sheba, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? Lovers and Other Strangers and in Los Angeles The Blue Tomato (opening at the Stella Adler Theatre on April 1, 2004), Being of Sound Mind, The Last Chance Cafe, Clone, Peep Show, In the Bargain and Bullpen. As Artistic Director of the Blue Sphere Alliance in Los Angeles for the past seven years, Mr. Barnao directed the company's world premiere productions such as LA Sharp Skins, The Big Voice: God or Merman, Fat Chance (starring Jonelle Allen), Home Sweet Hell, as well as Forty Days and Forty Nights (made into a feature with Josh Hartnett). Mr. Barnao also directed west coast premiere productions of Tennesse Williams' Something Cloudy, Something Clear, Six by Tenn, Nagasaki Dust, Tissue,  Neil Simon's Fools, along with the company's revivals of Being of Sound Mind, David and Lisa, Chamber Music, Indian Wants the Bronx, and the 30th anniversary production of Lovers and Other Strangers. Mr. Barnao is currently developing and directing an original one person musical In Search of a Blackbird starring Jonelle Allen based on the life of Florence Mills. Film directing credits include the feature Annie's Garden starring Yancy Butler and Grace Zabriskie and the comedy short The Home Branch starring Leslie Hope.

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