Vagina Monologues takes the stage to benefit Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center

Posted by Centre News in Campus, News 17 Feb 2014

Valentine’s Day may be over, but Centre College students are celebrating a very different V-Day this week, thanks to an upcoming CentrePlayers production of “The Vagina Monologues,” a play written by Eve Ensler and premiered in 1996.

vmonologues_faistV-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, and it is part of the inspiration behind “The Vagina Monologues,” a series of readings given by students (such as Chelsea Faist ’14, right) that deal with topics like sex, love, rape, menstruation, birth and female genital mutilation, to name a few.

“The point of the show is not just to shock and awe and freak people out,” says the show’s director Anna Ellis ’14. “It’s to make it safer for women to be out on their own at night without having to worry that they’ll be raped; it’s to show people that women as a whole are a powerhouse; it’s to teach this campus and the world at large that treating women well—as humans deserve to be treated—is no longer optional.”

And while the production deals with serious women’s issues, Ellis stresses that it’s an interesting piece of theatre for women and men alike.

“It’s a show that will make you laugh, cry and consider topics you might not normally think about,” she explains. “Aside from that, everyone on campus has some interaction or relationship with a woman in every part of his or her day—if you value the women in your life, this show is for you. If you like laughing or crying or women or thinking, this show is for you.”

Publicity Director Rachel West ’14 is also passionate about the importance of this production.

“The Vagina Monologues allows women to talk about things that often are kept too silent—discrimination, sexuality, their own bodies,” she says. “It also allows for an open and honest discussion between the women of the cast and the audience about the way we talk about and think about other women and ourselves.”

The entirely student-produced show is on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre. Tickets are $2.00, and all proceeds benefit the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center.

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By Mariel Smith