“Vagina” Is Not A Bad Word

Vagina. Vagina. Vagina. One of the many goals of The Vagina Monologues is to make people comfortable saying the word “vagina” and openly discussing sexuality. Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues will be performed this weekend in Roone Arledge Auditorium this weekend (February 12th-14th) as a part of the nationwide V-DAY movement to stop violence against women. Colleges across the country are putting on productions during the month of February to benefit a number of charities committed to ending violence against women. Eve Ensler began the V-DAY movement in 1998 in New York City. The Vagina Monologues is a collection of monologues linked to the vagina through themes of sex, menstruation, love, and abuse. This particular production includes twelve monologues.

Producer Kimberley Mackenzie (Teachers College) is pleased with the cast of mostly newcomers to the Columbia/Barnard production of The Vagina Monologues (including herself). Their enthusiasm for the production and its cause is infectious. The Columbia/Barnard V-DAY production of The Vagina Monologues includes a mix of seasoned actors and women who have never set foot on stage. Maya Nair Noonan (BC ‘13) has performed in The Vagina Monologues twice at her high school and is excited to perform for the third time at Columbia/Barnard. She said her hope for the show is to allow others to feel comfortable to discuss gender, sexuality, and violence against women issues as openly as her previous productions have allowed her to. Colette McIntyre (BC ‘12), who performed in last year’s production, said she loves performing in plays on campus, but particularly enjoys participating in The Vagina Monologues because it is “theater with a cause”.

CUArts will be hosting a free talkback with cast and crew members on Saturday, February 13 at 6:30pm in Lerner 568 before the performance to continue the conversation the V-DAY movement hopes to start. Performances are Friday, February 12, Saturday, February 13 at 7:30, and Sunday, February 14 at 3:30.The Valentine’s Day performance will include an introduction by Barnard President Debora Spar. Tickets are $7 with CUID, $12 without CUID. Proceeds from ticket and chocolate vagina sales benefit The Center for Anti-Violence Education. More information is available on the facebook event and the Columbia/Barnard V-Day group.

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Alison Goldberg, BC ’12.

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