ASBURY PARK, NJ  -   Aiming to empower females and take a stand against domestic violence, oceanfront restaurant and bar Langosta Lounge today announced it will host its second annual charitable rendition of Vagina Monologues, the Eve Ensler play made famous by its candid celebration of issues related to the female experience.  Led by community members, the hour-long performance will kick-off at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, at the oceanfront restaurant.  Following the performance, a special three-course dinner will be available.  Proceeds from the event will benefit 180 Turning Lives Around Inc., a private non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in the Monmouth County region.

“As a self-taught restaurateur, I am passionate about supporting the advancement and empowerment of women.  The Vagina Monologues is the perfect platform to raise awareness for the everyday issues that women face, and gives us a reason to celebrate our accomplishments,” commented Marilyn Schlossbach, executive chef and owner of Langosta Lounge and the Marilyn Schlossbach Group. 

Schlossbach’s brother, Richard Bach, the director of operations at Langosta Lounge and a former New York City-based thespian, has been integral in facilitating the restaurant’s Vagina Monologues performance.  Bach notes, “Given its episodic format, the Vagina Monologues naturally engages the audience. We are thrilled to bring it back to Langosta Lounge for a second year, and look forward to using the performing arts to ignite a conversation about female concerns.”  This year, the staged reading will be directed by Lauren Brajer, a development associate at 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc.

The Vagina Monologues is a series of monologues read by different women.  Feminine issues such as childbirth, rape, menstruation, motherhood and others are discussed. Following the Vagina Monologues 1996 debut, playwright Eve Ensler helped launch V-Day, a global non-profit movement that has used the play to raise more than $100 million for groups working to end violence against women and girls.  The Langosta Lounge performance will support the V-Day mission.

Langosta Lounge is located at 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, in the Second Avenue Pavilion of the Asbury Park Boardwalk.  Tickets to the Vagina Monologues are $15 and can be purchased in advance via www.180NJ.org.  The three-course prix fixe following the performance is $18.  For further details of the event or to make a reservation, call Langosta Lounge at 732-455-3275.