Sarah Dodd, an interdisciplinary sculpture sophomore, is directing the show this year and was also part of last year's performance.
The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler in 1996, is made up of various monologues read by a number of different women. Each monologue somehow relates to the vagina. Ensler's fascination with vaginas comes from "growing up in a violent society."
"Women's empowerment is deeply connected to their sexuality," Eve stated. "I'm obsessed with women being violated and raped, and with incest. All of these things are deeply connected to our vaginas."
These are stories of sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the different names for the vagina, or as a physical aspect of the body. No matter what the subject matter, each of the monologues adheres to the theme of the vagina as a tool of female empowerment and individuality. Each year a new monologue is added to bring light to an issue currently affecting women all over the world.
V-Day, which stemmed from The Vagina Monologues, typically takes place between February 1 and April 30 of each year. The performances benefit rape crisis centers and similar organizations worldwide. The play has been performed in communities and college campuses for the better part of 15 years.
Wilson College graduate Stephanie Lingle reflects fondly on her participation in the campus's 2003 production of the play.
"It's such a moving and powerful piece I couldn't not be a part of it," she said. "I remember practicing my monologue at work and completely captivating my coworkers. There's something refreshing about being able to render a radio DJ speechless!"
Working with Jane Fonda, Ensler produced and directed the first all-transgender performance of The Vagina Monologues in 2004. Readings were by 18 notable trans women and included a new monologue revolving around the experiences and struggles of trans women.
V-Day's spotlight campaign for 2012 will focus on the women and girls of Haiti. Since the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti has seen increased violence and sexual violence against its female citizens.
The Vagina Monologues
Thursday, Feb. 9 • 8pm
Friday, Feb. 10 • 8pm
Saturday, Feb. 11 • midnight
The Gateway: BBOX • 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
$5-10 • MICA.edu