Beyond The Vagina Monologues: A Student Forum Showcase

Check out a cool event from Meg de Recat ’17:

Looking to take a break and get ~inspired~ before finals? Come to Beyond The Vagina Monologues, a showcase of original creative works written by the students who were in a forum on storytelling, performance art, and gender rights activism this semester.

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Admissions are free, but donations will be accepted for NARAL Pro-Choice CT, an awesome reproductive rights organization that is based in Hartford.
FORUM MEMBERS: Alex Rothenberg, Anna Strzempko, Ginger Hollander, Ike Fuchs, Lily Homer, Madeline Jones, Maxine Go, Michaela Olson, Natalie Bina, Taryn Johnson ~Some background about the showcase~
This fall, Meg de Recat ’17 and Jessica Perelman ’17 led a student forum, “Beyond The Vagina Monologues,” about topics pertaining to gender, sexuality, and race in the context of theater and performance art. This forum was an attempt to create a space to build upon the critiques and questions raised by the Wesleyan community regarding The Vagina Monologues. The show, which has been performed for over ten years at Wesleyan, is usually passed down from the directors to cast members. We hoped to challenge the institutionalization of this practice by creating a forum, which served to facilitate critical dialogues centered on the themes in the show, instead of automatically continuing this tradition.*

The conversations among the forum members have informed the collection of stories, poems, and artwork that will be presented in this “coffee-house” showcase. These student works relate to aspects of identity, relationships, intimacy, and the current political climate.** We hope that this showcase will foster new conversations and create a welcoming environment for people to connect, share, and enjoy some beautiful stories and art!

*If anyone is interested in directing The Vagina Monologues next semester, please contact Meg and Jessica for more information (mderecate[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, jperelman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu). Unless someone decides to undertake this project, there is no guarantee that the show will be performed this year.

** Some works include stories related to sexual assault and trauma. Please be mindful of your own self-care when choosing whether or not to attend.

Date: Thursday December 8th, 2016
Time: 8-9:30pm (the runtime of the showcase is about 1 hour)
Place: The Bayit