Dreamwell Theatre announces the addition of “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler to their 2012-13 Season. The show will be a powerful complement to the season, in conjunction with the theme, Ova-tion: A Season of Women’s Words. Directed by Adeara Jean Maurice and co-sponsored by The Unitarian Universalist Society. Performances will be March 15 and 16 with proceeds to benefit charity.

There will also be a special presentation on Valentine’s Day in conjunction with The Monologues’ 15 year anniversary event “One Billion Rising.” Details of this event are to be announced.

The Vagina Monologues showcases real women’s experiences and stories and explores the inner strength of women. The Monologues discuss attitudes, feelings and content not discussed in public as women explore issues of their bodies and share their journeys of becoming comfortable with their bodies.

Auditions are scheduled for Jan. 6, at 2:00 and Jan. 7 at 6:30 at the Iowa City Public Library. Dreamwell’s production is looking for 12 – 16 actors, above the age of 16, who self identify as women. Those auditioning may prepare about a 1 – 2 minute monologue, poetry (original or otherwise), or tell a story about beauty, image or identity (original or otherwise).

The Monologues range from discussing hair, rape, love, childbirth, vagina workshops, and sex. Rehearsals will consist of group and individual sessions. Women would have to commit about 3 – 5 hours of rehearsal per week. Mature content, any cast members under 18 will need to provide parental consent. The cast will also be involved with the One Billion Rising event on February 14, Valentine’s Day.

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