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'Vagina Monologues' preview sparks emotion

Kristen Campbell
News Editor

The production of “The Vagina Monologues” is back at the University of La Verne with new interpretations and entertainment for everyone.

Celebrating its fifth year of performing on Dailey Theatre’s main stage, the cast and crew of this year’s production are hoping for a successful turnout.

“There’s so much darkness and secrecy surrounding them—like the Bermuda triangle. Nobody ever reports back from there,” a character of “The Vagina Monologues” said.

Each cast member takes on the role of a woman with a story of their experience with vaginas. With every role each women brings her own perspective and talent bringing life to their role.

Ranging from a first sexual experience to a young girl’s genitals being mutilated, the show is full of laughs, tears, and high emotion each reflected through a series of monologues.

Along with the entertainment, the cast recites information about countries that mutilate and abuse both women and children sexually and physically.

“This is my second year directing the show,” said Jordan Wycoff, senior directing major. “Eve Ensler wrote the monologues after interviewing women about their views on sex, relationships, and violence against women.”

Wycoff said the show is used to “celebrate the vagina” and to help promote the severity of brutality against women and children in different countries.

“The Vagina Monologues” is a screenplay written by playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler.

The show has been translated into more than 45 languages and has been performed in more than 130 countries, according to vday.org.

After her experience performing the show, she created V-Day, an international movement to help stop violence against women and children.

Ensler has since dedicated her life to stopping violence and “envisioning a planet in which women and girls are free to thrive.”

V-Day 2010 focuses on women and girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As a part of the economic war for the past 13 years, nearly 500,000 women and girls have been raped and sexually tortured. Some suggest the war is against women due to the excess abuse among the civilians. However, it is also due to the lack of access to natural resources.

Largely due to the worldwide performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” the V-Day foundation has raised nearly $70 million since its establishment in 1998.

In a January interview with the New York Times Magazine, Ensler said, “I feel that monologues come naturally to me. I think often women are not listened to, and the monologue forces you to listen.”

The monologues themselves are intriguing and attention-grabbing which forces the audience to listen.

Without realizing it, listeners hear stories from a woman’s perspective that they would have never given a second chance.

This year’s production includes group dance numbers to songs such as “She Wolf” by Shakira, and unique monologues expressing women’s feelings about their sex lives, relationships, and of course, their “Coochi Snorchers.”

“This is my first time doing the ‘The Vagina Monologues.’ I saw it last year, and I came in on a whim; since then, I knew I wanted to audition,” Ashley Contreras, senior art major, said.

Contreras said the show is very powerful and it is special for her to be a part of the cause.

“My experience working on this show has been emotional, enchanting, and enlightening. I really encourage anyone who has ever walked on the face of this planet to see the show and to support the movement started by Eve Ensler,” said Teresa Beardsley, sophomore theater arts major.

Beardsley said everyone should support the cause because it represents everything about “human morality and puts ideas into perspective.”

This production will be playing at 7:30 p.m. on March 4, 5, and 6 in Dailey Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for general admission.

All proceeds will be donated to the V-Day foundation and to the David and Margaret Home.

For more information visit vday.org and dmhome.org.

Kristen Campbell can be reached at kristen.campbell@laverne.edu.

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