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Feb. 17, 2009

Alley Cabaret continues, with 'Vagina Monologues' Feb. 27-28 and other dates

"The Alley Cabaret: Live late-night theatre at the Englert," a late-night, nonalcoholic entertainment option for downtown Iowa City, continues through the spring semester, including performances of Eve Enseler's "Vagina Monologues" at midnight Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28.

"Alley Cabaret" is a collaboration between the University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts and the Englert Theatre. The performances of "Vagina Monologues" is also supported by Medical Students for Choice.

Other dates for the Alley Cabaret during the spring semester will be Fridays and Saturdays March 27 and 28, April 17 and 18, and May 8 and 9. All performances are at midnight.

The Feb. 27 and 28 performances will represent a cabaret approach to Ensler's play, with music arranged by musical director Ben Bentler. The performance is directed by UI undergraduate Emily Larson and New York University graduate Ryan West. Producers are UI medical student Shandhini Raidoo and graduate students Megha Nabe and Anthony Nelson; choreography is by Elizabeth Bergman and Analia Alegre-Femenias.

Tickets for "Vagina Monologues" are $10 for floor seats, $5 for the balcony, and will be on sale at the Englert Box Office. Proceeds will benefit the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City and the Iowa City Homeless Shelter. There will also be a silent auction of donations made by local businesses. Patrons are asked to bring feminine hygiene products to be donated to the Iowa City Homeless Shelter.

Tickets for all other dates are $5 and are sold at the door before the performance.

The Englert Box Office, 221 E. Washington in downtown Iowa City, is open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The mission of the Englert Civic Theatre, Inc., is to own, maintain and operate the Englert Theatre as a community arts center and performance space, enhancing the vitality of Iowa City's historic downtown by preserving its last historic theater.

The Division of Performing Arts is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Anthony Nelson, 515-974-9797,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),