Aiming to boost awareness of violence against women and eliminate abuse, the “Vagina Monologues” is coming to campus.
The annual show is produced through a collaboration between the Women’s Resource Center, The V-Team and Men Against Violence, and is performed in Spanish and English. The Spanish production was featured Feb. 11 and the English production is set for Tuesday, Feb. 16.
The show covers topics ranging from humorous takes on menstruation to serious commentary about women’s empowerment and rape.
“We do this every year because it is crucial that we continue to have conversations about the social stigma surrounding rape, sexuality, sexual abuse and gender identity,” says Bianca Pescina, one of the student directors.
“These are issues that need to be talked about. Overall, the production is empowering, it hits you right in the gut — you can’t hide from it. All you can do is feel every single word that comes from each monologue.”
Auditions were open not only to students, but to staff and faculty as well. After noticing that on a poster, Professor Rosanne Welch, who holds a doctorate degree in American social history of the 21st century, was inspired to audition.
“Peg Lampher and I are really big feminists and we talk a lot about it with our students,” she says. “I went over to her and said, ‘We should put our money where our mouth is.’ ”
After auditioning, the pair was cast in one of the last monologues of the show. Welch says it is perfect for them because the topic is childbirth, and they are both mothers.
Throughout the experience, Welch’s favorite part has been watching the students take control.
“I was proud to watch them, but I was also a little bit sad because a certain number of them have had things happen to them in their past which brought them to work with the Women’s Resource Center,” she says. “The fact that they are able to put on this presentation and take control of the night is a beautiful gesture.”
Tammy Fong, one of the student directors for the English production, heard about the “Vagina Monologues” through friends who had participated and wanted to be part of the movement.
“Getting to know all the girls and hearing why they’re doing ‘Vagina Monologues’ is the best part. Some girls are survivors and it’s really inspiring to hear their stories,” she says. “Students who attend will get a better insight and understanding of the movement to end violence.”
The English production is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center’s Ursa Major suite. Tickets are on sale at the Women’s Resource Center and also will be sold at the door.