Centre students direct and produce “The Vagina Monologues”
February 9, 2012 By Elizabeth Trollinger
be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 and Friday,
Feb. 17 in Weisiger Theatre. Proceeds will be donated to the
Danville Bluegrass Domestic Violence Programs and
Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center.
A Centre student production of “The Vagina Monologues” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 and Friday, Feb. 17 in Weisiger Theatre. Tickets are $2, and all proceeds will be donated to the Danville Bluegrass Domestic Violence Programs and Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, as well as a program for Women in Haiti supported by V-Day, a movement associated with “The Vagina Monologues.”
Anna Ellis ’14 and Martha Grace Burkey ’14 will direct the series of monologues written by Eve Ensler, who based the production on interviews she conducted with women in the United States and abroad.
“‘The Vagina Monologues’ is meant to raise awareness about violence towards women and girls. The struggle of women both in this country and abroad is something that has been close to my heart for quite a while,” Ellis says. “Our production allows me to share my passion for helping women in this community and provides an easy way for the community to get involved and take action.”
Students involved in the production welcome everyone to the performances — men and women alike.
“To any man who thinks the show is irrelevant to him, I would say: think of your mothers, sisters, cousins, friends and girlfriends. If anyone ever tried to do something to hurt them, you would do something to stop it,” says Rachel West ’14, a student involved in the production. “Supporting causes like V-Day and ‘The Vagina Monologues’ is simply a way of helping women who at some point could not help themselves.”
Though “The Vagina Monologues” confronts difficult topics, West and Ellis hope the production will spur the community into action.
“It's hard to get involved in activism sometimes, and a show like ‘The Vagina Monologues’ is a bit controversial, because it does discuss some hard issues,” says West.
“Hopefully, ‘The Vagina Monologues’ will cause the Centre community to realize that they aren't helpless in causes like this,” says Ellis.
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