"The Vagina Monologues"
an episodic play written by Eve Ensler
Fridays - Sundays October 5-7; 12-14; 19-21
The Cast & Crew
Julie Aitcheson, Montpelier
Nina Lemieux, Williamstown
Heather Pagel, Worcester
Director: Jasmine White, Montpelier
Producer: Christa Lang, Worcester
Lights: Carla Frappier, and Shannon Pitonyak, Barre
Stage Manager: Michelle Goodman, Northfield
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Contact Producer Christa Lang by email or phone: 802-223-6788
Actress, playwright, and political activist Eve Ensler was talking with a friend who was going through menopause in the 1990s when she was first struck by the way women spoke about their bodies, which she believed was a reflection of how they felt about themselves and their gender.
Ensler was inspired to write a series of essays on women, their bodies, and the language they used to communicate about themselves which she adapted into a performance piece she called The Vagina Monologues. Opening at a tiny off-off-Broadway theater, The Vagina Monologues soon became a hit in New York City which spread around the world, becoming an international phenomenon.
The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women (initially, Ensler performed every monologue herself, with subsequent performances featuring three actresses). Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, birth masturbation and orgasm and the various common names for the vagina or simply as a physical aspect of the body or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.
"Ensler's powerful, funny, incisive, insightful meditation on one of the most proscribed, vilified, taboo-tainted, shame-shrouded bodily organs in our phallocratic culture is based on personal reminiscences and on interviews with dozens of women of various religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. Its topics include the many attitudes women have about their vaginas, ranging from fear to fascination, and the ways those attitudes reflect and influence attitudes about sexuality, health, body image, and even spirituality. Even in the wrong hands--say, of a dry academician--Ensler's material would be enlightening. Fortunately, Ensler is first and foremost a storyteller and has fashioned her material into a highly readable script in which interviews are distilled to pithy brevity or reformatted as emotionally charged prose poems. Reading it, it is not hard to see why the off-Broadway one-woman show Ensler also crafted from its material met with critical and popular success and won Ensler a coveted Obie award."