UAlbany Sexuality Month Features Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues”

Published on Feb. 26, 2013

By. Casey So Hyeun Cho

Celebrating the University’s Sexuality Month and V-day, eleven female students presented “The Vagina Monologues” on Feb. 14 through 16.

According to V-Day official website, V-Day is a global activist movement focused on raising awareness to end violation violence against women and girls including: rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery.

Through V-Day Campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues” to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities.

Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female, genital, mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the various common names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body.

For example, different names for vagina from all across the U.S. were presented during the introduction.

Also, in the monologue “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy,” the cast members spread out in the theater and demonstrated how different types of orgasm sound.

The performance was well prepared and interactive with the audience. The audiences’ reactions were live and energetic.

The co-directors for this year’s UAlbany “The Vagina Monologues” were Kailey McGarvey and Leigh McEntire. The cast included Erica Lorenzettie, Megan Kriaris, Jennifer Marroguin, Keriann Daley, Nnenna Ferguson, Shannon McManus, Soraya Evans, Anna Bonventre and Katie Richburg.

“We gathered together for the production in Dec. and we started to put everything together after the winter break,” according to a cast member McManas.

“From promotion to fundraising, they did it all,” said the coordinator of Gender & Sexuality Resource Center Courtney D’Allaird. “Those girls worked really hard. I am happy that I could help them out.”

The women in provocative dresses, either in red or black, greeted the audiences with two questions before they enter the theater: “If you could dress your vagina, what would it wear?” and “ What would your vagina say if it could talk?”

Some of the audience hesitated to answer the question because the word “vagina” was come across strong.

“I honestly didn’t know what to answer,” said UAlbany student Ana Gonzalez. “I froze for a few seconds when the questions were thrown at me.”

“The Vagina Monologues” challenged the women of all age and race to concern broader issues that being a woman must face and raised awareness of sexual violence against women around the world.

Eve Ensler, the writer of “The Vagina Monologues” gave the copyrights to use her script for free as long as the V-Day Campaign participants would donate their entire profit to a local shelter for women.

In 2012, more than 5800 V-Day benefit events took place around the world. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and aiming for one billion.

This year all proceeds from the show went to Equiox, a local domestic violence shelter for women.

According to McManus, who has there are a few rules every “The Vagina Monologues” production must follow that are installed by Ensler.

In addition to donating proceeds to local women’s shelters, the same person cannot direct more than two years and each monologue cannot be performed more than once.

The director must also involve whoever seeks to take part in the production, and conduct the performance between February and May.

Finally, every performer must hold index cards in order to remind the audience that these are real women’s stories.

More rules are listed in the V-Day’s official website: www.vday.org.

The co-directors gave special thanks to D’alliard for his guidance from the planning stages from last year to this year, and to organizations such as Project Shape, VOX, ABLE, The Hellions of Troy, The University Counseling Center, and Middle Earth for spreading the word and volunteering their time.

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