‘Vagina Monologues’ Coming to Transy

by Holly Brown

Where can you experience a great play and join in the effort to stop violence against women all in one sitting? Try Back Cafeteria on March 3-4, when V-Day 2011 Transylvania presents a reading of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Senior Abby Adams is bringing a production of “The Vagina Monologues” to campus.

The play delves into the experiences of women in an attempt to create empowerment and understanding, and all of the proceeds collected from the $3 admission fee will be donated to the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center.

The Transylvania production of the play has been recently cast and will feature seniors Abby Adams, Emily Dobbs, Amanda Holt, Erika Lindström, Erica Mundell, Nora Montgomery and Elizabeth Siegelman, as well as first-years Anna Melnykovych, Emily Novak, Maria Stark and Sarah Tatum.

Adams got the idea of bringing the play to Transy last semester.

“I wanted to bring a theater experience that would do more than entertain,” Adams said.

Auditions, which took place in Rosenthal Commons, were informal.

“The audition process just consisted of reading a few monologues to Abby,” said Siegelman. “And then she assigned us a monologue after we auditioned.”

“The audition process was really fun and laid-back,” Novak said. “Abby had written questions like ‘If your vagina could talk, what would it say?’ on the chalk boards, and as people came in they would write their answers. It helped to break the ice a little. … After that, we all just sat on the couches and did a couple cold reads of the different stories from these women.”

“It’s part of the agreement with the V-Day campaign that anyone who wants to be a part of the production gets to in some way, so that made auditions more fun knowing I wouldn’t (couldn’t) cut anyone. I just got to pick where they fit best,” said Adams.

While the name of the play may seem alarming to a few members of campus, “The Vagina Monologues” is a production aimed at empowering females by sharing the stories of real women.

“One of the best parts about this show is how empowering it is,” said Novak. “For as much as women talk to each other, there are so many things that never get talked about, so many stories that can’t be told. All of the monologues are true stories from actual women — some of them funny, but a lot of them really sad or difficult. It’s amazing to think how brave these women who shared their personal stories were, some of them being molested, raped or even just pushed past their boundaries.”

In addition to donating proceeds to the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, the group responsible for the production is also looking into opportunities to volunteer there as part of the service aspect of participating in V-Day, a global activist campaign aimed at stopping violence against women. Junior Kelsey McComas and sophomore Johnna Carey are in charge of this aspect of the campaign.

The readings will take place on March 3-4 at 7 p.m., and all members of the Transy community are encouraged to attend.


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