A night of theater can be much more than getting dressed up to watch a Rodgers and Hammerstein revival for the umpteenth time. Theater can be a voice for change. It can be a call to action.
Art by Ben Thomason and Ashley Goodall. The Vagina Monologues has a certain retro 90s appeal. The play that empowered suburban moms across America and beyond is two decades old now, and its earnest feminism feels dated in a loveable Phoebe-from- Friends kind of way.
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One woman shared traumatic childhood sexual experiences that she felt were ameliorated by an adolescent liaison with an older woman, and Ms Ensler shared an account of the birth of her granddaughter. The performance was clearly designed to provoke—riffing on the c-word and revelling in the discomfort generated by such a frank discussion—but it was also designed to amuse and move. After each performance, they would come up to Ms Ensler to share their stories of sexual abuse at the hands of strangers, boyfriends, husbands, fathers, and the feelings of shame and isolation that trailed that abuse. The show was even brought to an all-male prison in Queens, New York.
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More than women were questioned about their sexuality, love and relationships. Eve Ensler put it in a play and Thiasus Productions chose it to be their debut production because now, more than ever, is it important to give these women a stage and that their voices are being heard. Woman 1 - Marie Noel was born in Vienna and has her roots in Kongo.
Ina play called The Vagina Monologueswritten by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground, offering to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women. After every performance, Ensler found women waiting to share their own stories of survival, leading her to see that The Vagina Monologues could be more than a moving work of art on violence; she divined that the performances could be a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence. V-Day's mission is simple.
The play explores consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, vaginal care, menstrual periods, sex workand several other topics through the eyes of women with various ages, races, sexualities, and other differences. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called the play "probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade. When she left the play, it was recast with three celebrity monologists.
Twenty years ago, when I wrote The Vagina Monologuesit was very difficult to say the word vagina anywhere. The public utterance of the word alone was explosive as so much of the truth about what happened to vaginas was repressed, denied, kept secret, and coated in shame and self-hatred. One out of three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. Ten years ago, I was thrilled when a group of transgender women decided to do an all-trans production of my play.