Theatre - Theatre Fairfield Independent Project

Each January, Theatre Fairfield affords upper-class theatre majors and minors the opportunity to mount an independent project at the PepsiCo Theatre at the beginning of Spring semester. Projects are afforded a $1000 budget underwritten by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. Past projects have included scripted plays, including:

  • Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound
  • Sam Shepard's True West
  • Yazmina Reza's Art

Other independent projects have included original plays such as The Biggest And Brightest In Town, written by Cait Davis, '05.

The 2009 Independent Project was Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues.

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Fairfield University first in 2009 to present The Vagina Monologues

Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Jan. 12, 2009) "The Vagina Monologues," Eve Ensler's enduring and "Spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving..." - according to Variety - 1997 Obie Award-winning play, opens at Fairfield University's PepsiCo Theatre under the artistic direction of Gary Lee Pelletier '09 and production leadership of Colleen Kennedy '09 for a three-performance run Saturday, Jan. 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 18 at 2:00 p.m. All tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Through a grant from the Jamie A. Hulley Foundation for the Arts, Pelletier and Kennedy chose to produce "The Vagina Monologues" for their independent project because of the powerful impact the play has had worldwide since it opened in New York in the late 90s. The show ran to sold-out houses Off Broadway until 2003 with many well-know actors and celebrities joining the cast, including Calista Flockhart, Erica Jong, Sandra Oh and Audra McDonald, to name a few. It has been translated into 45 languages and performed in over 120 countries and Ensler's experience performing "The Vagina Monologues" inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, now in its 11th year.

Pelletier stated that, "Fairfield's production is the first production of 2009 and kicks off the official V-Day benefit performances of the 'Monologues' that will begin February 1st. This year the spotlight is on the Democratic Republic of Congo and V-Day has joined with UNICEF to call attention to the wide-scale atrocities committed against women and girls in that region." Pelletier continued, "It was important to me to include a wide range of voices and I have invited some Fairfield faculty, administrators and staff to join our nine student cast members in this production. Dawn Quintiliani, assistant dean of Arts & Sciences, Joan Grant, publicist in Marketing and Communications and Dr. Jocelyn Boryczka, director of the Peace and Justice Studies program and professor of politics will participate and there may be a few surprises."

Colleen Kennedy '09, Theatre and Business double major, is the producer as well as the stage manager of "The Vagina Monologues". Jenn Trudeau '09 is the lighting designer as well as technical director. Kat Reilly '09 is the set designer. The student cast includes: Jennifer Martin '10, Elizabeth Mercadante '09, Sarah Zybert '09, Katie Carroll '09, Sarah Gatti '10, Mary McGrath '10, Alex Burke '11, Lindsey McKitterick '09 and Anne Krane '09