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Using Valentine's Day to stand against violence.

Byline: Fred Crafts The Register-Guard

Productions championing love and decrying violence against women will open on local stages this week.

The Vagina Monologues

University of Oregon

Thursday through Saturday

You may think of V-Day as Valentine's Day, but on certain college campuses it has come to stand for the day each year that "The Vagina Monologues" is performed.

OPENING THIS WEEK

That's the case at the University of Oregon, which will produce Eve Ensler's innovative script as part of a national movement to end violence against women and girls.

` `The Vagina Monologues' is a series of personal stories that allows the audience to get in touch with different ideas of what it means to be a woman and what women have gone through,' says the play's producer, Guru Simrat Khalsa. "It tells women that it's OK to talk about vaginas and violence and injustice, because, if you don't, nothing will ever change."

Ensler's performance piece - a series of frank monologues - has become a catalyst for the V-Day College Campaign, which stages benefit productions of "The Vagina Monologues" to raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls. Proceeds from the performances are donated to local community organizations.

"We're doing some things this year that are more shocking, more risky," says director Katie McClatchey. "We have a wider age range, and lots of different types of women in the show who make it exciting and honest."

The performers will be University of Oregon students Judith Friedman, 20 (doing the monologue ``Crooked Braid'') and Natalie Mays, 22 (``My Short Skirt''); Sarah Garrelts, 13, of Agnes Stewart Middle School (``My Vagina Was a Village''); and Adrienne Happy, 27, of Springfield (``My Vagina Was a Village and I Was There in the Room'').

"Being in this show has taught me a lot about how important it is to be confident and demand respect for myself and for other women," Garrelts says.

"The Vagina Monologues" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Agate Hall, 1787 Agate St. Tickets, at $10 for general admission and $7 for students, are available at the EMU Ticket Office (346-4363) and at the door. Information: 346-4239.

Valentine's Day LateNight Show

Lord Leebrick Theatre Company

Saturday only

Eugene City Councilman David Kelly will be the host at the Lord Leebrick Theatre Company's "Valentine's Day LateNight Show" at 11 p.m. Saturday.

Kelley, who has been attending Lord Leebrick Theatre productions since 1992, will be making his stage debut. The show's curator, Mario Tucci, says exactly what Kelley will be doing "will be a surprise even to him."

However, the rest of the show is set. The subject of "love" will be explored through original pieces by performers such as Amy Impellizzeri, Glenn Bonney, Allison Rickenbaugh and Tucci himself, who promises that the show will "stray from the typical Valentine's Day entertainments."

Admission is on a "pay-what-you-will" basis at the door. The theater is at 540 Charnelton St. Information: 465-1506.

Much Ado About Nothing

Spotlight Theatre

Monday through Saturday

The youth-oriented Spotlight Theatre in Pleasant Hill is making much ado about its first stab at a William Shakespeare play. And the play is - you guessed it - the comedy "Much Ado About Nothing."

Always-innovative director Mary Huls has given the Bard a bit of a buffing up by setting the playing in the 1940s, just after World War II, and loading it with Swing music and dance. Bopping away on stage will be 24 young performers.

"Much Ado About Nothing" will be performed at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Spotlight Theatre, 35775 1/2 Zephyr Way in Pleasant Hill.

For the weeknight shows, tickets are $8 for adults, and $7 for seniors and children 10 and under.

All seats are $10 on Friday and Saturday. Call the theater box office (988-1195) or Espresso 58 (988-0168).

Razzle Dazzle;

Two Gals, a Guy and a Piano

Audacity Productions

Saturday only

Audacity Productions is nothing if not, well, audacious. On Valentine's Day, the Cottage Grove theater company will be producing two shows in two different locations.

The key word here is "producing." For the first time, Audacity Productions is putting other performers' shows on stage - in Creswell and McKenzie Bridge.

The shows are:

"Razzle Dazzle," a musical dinner show featuring Shelly Davey, Phil Dempsey, Kara Stephens and Adam Reiders, will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mookie's Emerald Valley Athletic Club (formerly the Emerald Valley Resort) in Creswell.

Accompanied by pianist Vicki Brabham, the revue is built around singing and dancing and features "comedy songs from spicy to downright hilarious."

At $39 per person, the ticket price includes a buffet dinner (starting at 6 p.m.), the two-hour show, dessert and champagne.

Reservations can be made at the Bookmine in Cottage Grove (541-942-7414) or at Mookie's Emerald Valley Athletic Club in Creswell (541-895-2147).

"Two Gals, a Guy and a Piano" is a Broadway musical revue featuring singers Peg Major and Shaunie Shmoll and pianist Jim Greenwood, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Log Cabin Inn in McKenzie Bridge.

The show, directed by Reva Kaufman, features "dazzling show stoppers, moving story songs and downright tear-jerkers," Major says.

A $39 ticket includes a beef brisket dinner, the show and dessert. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Log Cabin Inn (541-822-3432).

West Side Story

Little Theatre on the Bay

Friday thorugh Feb. 28

The Sharks and the Jets are going at it again in the Little Theatre on the Bay's production of "West Side Story" in North Bend. Directed by Alan Spjut, the musical is based on William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

"West Side Story" will play at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21 and 27-28, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 22 at the Little Theatre on the Bay. Tickets, $12 each, are available through the theater box office (541-756-4336).

Improvisational theater

Eugene Playback Theatre

Today

Personal stories from audience members will be the starting point for an improvisational theater performance by members of Eugene Playback Theatre at 7 p.m. today at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St.

A $6 requested donation will be taken at the door.

Reach Fred Crafts at 338-2575 or fcrafts@guardnet.com.
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