“Vagina Monologues” performs its annual show Reply

By Mackenzie Dineen – 1851 Staff 

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Illustration courtesy of Peer Health and the Counseling Center

Buzz surrounding the “Vagina Monologues” has begun. The annual show presented by Peer Health, with the help of the Counseling Center, donates all proceeds to the Boston Area Rape Cri- sis Center. The show is February 19, at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $5 at the door. The presentation is part of V-Day, a global movement to end violence directed towards women.

“The Vagina Mono- logues” is important because it helps increase aware- ness, and raise  money to end domestic violence,” according to this year’s co-director senior Sarah Murphy.

Murphy fell in love with the cause of “The Vagina Monologues” while participating in Peer Health. She believes people should attend the performance because “It is so important for people to gain awareness of the topics we will speak about.”

“The Vagina Monologues” helps to inform people about female empowerment and domestic abuse in a way that allows the audience to better understand the message,” said co-director senior Meghan Urso.

“The Vagina Monologues” was written by Eve Ensler, and ran at the HERE Arts Center in New York City in 1996, and the off-Broadway Westside Theatre, shortly after. It includes episodic monologues which focus upon a host of subjects.

The stories used in the play are all real and from various sources, speaking about topics from consensual sex to rape, maintenance, and tampons. A mix of serious, funny, tragic, and exciting, “The Vagina Monologues” is a source of both education and entertainment.

“The whole cast is on stage together the whole time. We do this to show support for each other. We are all sitting and when it is time, each cast member will stand and perform their monologue. Each monologue has its time to shine,” said Murphy.

Despite all of the positive talk about the show, some are apprehensive. After all, these women are talking about vaginas, a traditionally taboo subject, but this is exactly what makes the show so powerful.

“It is a really moving experience and it opens a lot of people’s eyes. I know many people who came but were not sure of what to expect, but when the show was over they were so happy they came,” said Murphy. She also believes it is important for men to attend the show, so they can more fully understand the hardships women undergo.

“If anyone is uncomfortable in the audience hearing the word ‘vagina,’ they should just be thankful they aren’t the ones on stage talking about it,” said Urso. The money raised is put to good use. Both the door charge, and snack sale proceeds are donated to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and Sec- ond Step, which, “helps mothers who were in abusive environments get back on their feet and get a second chance,” according to Murphy.

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