Say it even louder for the men in the back. The Vagina Monologue s, for all its criticism, may be one of the most influential theatrical texts ever put into production. Despite a mere two weeks rehearsal time, the five performers onstage channel a staggering level of commitment, professionalism and heart. Their performances are nothing short of heart-wrenching. The stories they are telling, the cause they are hosting this evening for — is their lives.
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The Whitney Center for the Arts Present “The Vagina Monologues” | BERKSHIRE ON STAGE
The topics addressed throughout the show include sexual assault, childbirth, eating disorders, sexual orientation, sexism and death. The seating area was softly lit with pink lights while empowering music played. People were sitting with friends, and as the music began to fade away the stage darkened, prompting the show to commence. Using little to no props and wearing unobtrusive costumes only added to the fact that there was a spotlight on the women and that it was meant to stay on them and the accounts they presented. Each of these stories was meant to bring forth empathy and help the audience relate to the story.
Benefit Performance of “The Vagina Monologues” Raises Funds for Women on V-Day
At least, it would according to Eve Ensler's show , inspired by interviews with hundreds of women about their vaginas. The Vagina Monologues were written in the s, long before anyone had even thought of the vajazzle. The enormously game Dell'Olio, a woman who is larger than life, twice as orange and knows how to laugh at herself, was one of the performers taking part for free on Sunday night in a charity benefit supporting Thanet-based charity the Oasis Domestic Abuse Service , as part of the V Day movement, a campaign dedicated to ending violence against women. Performed in countries in 50 languages The Vagina Monologues has become less a theatrical phenomenon and more an evangelical crusade. Although whether reclaiming the word "cunt" via audience participation will do anything to help the one in three women who, according to the UN, will experience rape or beating during their lives, is doubtful.
Twenty years ago, Eve's play The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming. The play and the playwright exploded onto the scene, garnering headlines and rave reviews, filling the theater night after night, breaking taboos, opening spaces for dialogue where they hadn't existed before, and shattering the silence around women's experiences with sexuality and violence. It was path-breaking.