Friday Night Lights Actress Liz Mikel Steps Into Oprah's Role For V-Day

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Eve Ensler Gives Monologue Written for Oprah Winfrey to local Dallas Actress.

Liz Mikel is simply brilliant, raw, and passionate. Her performance Saturday night ripped the roof off the arena. It was something to witness. A true star was born!

This past Saturday in New Orleans, "The Vagina Monologues" creator, Eve Ensler commanded an all-star cast for V-DAY's tenth anniversary "V TO THE TENTH". The lineup also included talk show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, but Winfrey cancelled due to illness and the special monologue written specifically for her was given to Dallas' own Liz Mikel.

Mikel was already scheduled to appear in V-Day performing the Angry Vagina monologue; however upon hearing the news that Oprah was unable to attend Ensler gave Mikel the additional monologue to perform. Ensler created the monologue based on Katrina survivor, Patricia Henry who appeared on stage with Mikel and Ensler at the conclusion of the monologue's presentation.

Commenting on Mikel's performance Ensler stated, "Liz Mikel is simply brilliant, raw, and passionate. Her performance Saturday night ripped the roof off the arena. It was something to witness. A true star was born!"

Mikel was invited to perform at "V TO THE TENTH" by Ensler after seeing Mikel on stage in at the Austin production of The Vagina Monologues in March. Mikel still taking in the experience stated:

"I knew going to New Orleans to participate in "V TO THE TENTH" would be a life changing experience for me personally and professionally. When Eve gave me the opportunity to perform "Hey Miss Pat" which Ms. Winfrey was scheduled to present, I was overwhelmed with gratitude to be asked to fill such big shoes. I will never forget the experience and I'm so lucky to have shared the stage with Eve, and the entire cast of amazing women that showcased Eve's amazing stories of courage and hope."


V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologues. In 2008, more than 4,000 V-Day events will take place in the U.S. and around the world. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $50 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama Program in the Middle East and re-opened shelters. V-Day has funded over 5000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. The "V" in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. For more information visit


Liz Mikel has spent over twenty years entertaining audiences in Dallas, and across the nation. Mikel is no stranger to the screen; she currently stars in NBC's "Friday Night Lights" as Corrina Williams. Mikel's character is the mother of Brian "Smash" Williams, played by Gaius Charles, one of the show's star football players. In February 2008, Mikel appeared in the Malcolm Lee comedy, "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins". Mikel, cast as Ruthie Jenkins, the sister-in-law of the film's main character Roscoe Jenkins, played by Martin Lawrence. Michael Clark Duncan from the "The Green Mile" with Tom Hanks portrays Mikel's on screen husband.

Mikel will also appear in the cable television production "Sordid Lives" by Del Shores, which will air on MTV's LOGO channel in June. In addition to her work in film and television, Mikel has an extensive theater background. One of her most favored, "A Christmas Carol", produced by the Dallas Theater Center (DTC) showcased Mikel as the "Ghost of Christmas Present". Mikel was featured in this role for fourteen consecutive seasons. Mikel starred in Regina Taylor's "Crowns" (also produced by DTC); and, "Blind Lemmon Jefferson", a role she has starred in since its inception over a decade ago. "Blind Lemmon Jefferson", a highly acclaimed show, toured Europe in 2003. Subsequently, an Off-Broadway production of the show opened in 2007.

Mikel received rave reviews for her portrayal in the title role of Tony Kushner's "Caroline or Change", produced by Theater Three in Dallas. Mikel was recently awarded The 2008 Column Theater Award for Best Actress in a Musical-Equity for "Caroline, Or Change". Mikel is also an accomplished R & B and jazz vocalist performing on stages around the country. Liz Mikel is represented by the Mary Collins Agency in Dallas.


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