The Vagina Monologues was started in 1996 by a lady named Eve Ensler. It is an episodic play to portray different aspects of feminine experiences and it is meant to empower women and inform all people. Some of the acts performed are funny and crazy while others can be dark and tragic. The Vagina Monologues is shown all over the world in many different languages. It is a part of V Day, a global activist movement that helps end violence against women and girls.
The Vagina Monolgues has been performed here at WOU for a few years now. This is the first year that Abby’s House has put it on though. Getting a role in the play isn’t easy, auditions are held to see if a person has the right feeling and emotion to properly portray the story that is being told.
Talking to Amanda one of the students involved with it she said a lot of students really look forward to it being put on and it being cast and directed by students makes it even more meaningful and fresh.
The play started out with some girls really getting in depth about what types of names vaginas have been called, what it would say if it could talk and what it would wear if it could. The next acts were stories from different types of women who have been through some sort of funny, enlightening,sexual or tragic experience with sex or their vagina. In between these skits, someone would give a sad or shocking statistic involving women or people who have been affected by something tragic. Towards the end a video called 1 Billion Rising is shown and it shows mini stories of women being abused and hurt and then uniting and standing up for themselves, It was really interesting. Right after the video, all the actors gave a reason of why they rise, then put their hands up for solidarity.
Overall it was a great experience, I think this is a performance everyone needs to go to. You really do learn a lot about life, hardships and how to understand other peoples experiences. Being a guy, it was really a lot to take in, things were being talked about that I never thought were talked about. The performers were amazing, each person looked like they were handpicked for their role. Some performances really touched some people and other performances made people laugh SO hard. You can expect to get your money’s worth going to see the Vagina Monologues.
It is a fundraiser that goes to a good cause (to the Vday organization and back to Abby’s House) so that should be an another reason to go. It also runs about 3 days so if you missed this years don’t miss next years.
By Kevin Gutierrez