Vagina Monologues delivers with strong performances

Highlights include “Reclaiming Cunt” and “My Angry Vagina”

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Vagina Monologues

Productions featuring gifted actors and raw talent are not always expected when going to a university production. This past weekend, the V-Day committee organized by the Women’s Issues Network put on a fantastic adaptation of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, a collection of monologues empowering women.

The message was clear: women should love themselves, their bodies and their vaginas. Vagina Monologues brought tears and laughter to the audience and was deeply moving.

Each of the 13 monologues included one or two actors; between most of the monologues, facts and statistics were presented to inform the audience on issues relating to violence against women.

The set and costumes were simple: a pink and black theme. This uncomplicated colour combination allowed actors to be the centre of attention. The performances not only captivated the audience, but also allowed them to be involved. In Lauryn Zuk’s monologue, “Reclaiming Cunt,” she got numerous members of the audience to scream “cunt” at the top of their lungs.

Some of the other notable monologues included “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy” " in which a woman gives intricate details about her passion for giving women pleasure as well as a demonstration of over 10 types of orgasms " and “My Angry Vagina” " a hilarious rant about the unfairness of thongs, tampons and gynecological tools.

“I Was There in the Room” had a woman describing the birth of Ensler’s granddaughter and “The Little Coochie Snorcher that Could” featured a woman sharing her memories of her traumatic sexual experiences in her childhood.

All of the proceeds from the Vagina Monologues will be given to the Sexual Assault Centre London, Changing Ways and Women’s Community House. These organizations provide services for women who have experienced sexual violence. Changing Ways also provides services for men who wish to end their abusive violence. Additionally, 10 per cent of the proceeds will go towards V-Day’s spotlight country: The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The V-Day committee should give themselves a big pat on the back. Director Natalia Ashley Woodall and producer Julie Goldstein succeeded in captivating the attention of the audience.

Vagina Monologues is a piece of art that gives hope to women, not only at Western, but also around the world.

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