Last year’s directors of the Vagina Monologues, Jessica Perelman ’17 and Eileen Connor ’18 have taken some time to write about why the Monologues won’t be happening on our campus this year.
This post comes as a way to continue conversations about the main subject of the Vagina Monologues- womanhood. As there have been continuous discussions in recent years about whether the Monologues should persist, this post comes not as a defense to “why” or “why not,” but mostly just to inform the wider campus community.
I don’t think it is too difficult to find the problems with the Monologues portrayal of womanhood, as it equates being a woman to having a vagina, a notion which is widely understood to be false. If this idea comes as new to you…. ??¿?¿¿?¿ The discussion of the Dialogues on this campus have also culminated in the creation of a more accepting and accessible version of the Dialogues called the Shmagina Dialogues. But of course, the fight for equity is still ongoing.
In general, this is a conversation we can all continue to learn from, and use to understand gender and sexuality in larger social contexts.
Find the previous directors story below:
It’s that time of year again …. the annual Wesleyan production of The Vagina Monologues !!!!!
Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues is a series of monologues about bodies, sex, empowerment, and love.
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Tickets will be sold at the Usdan box office starting on Tuesday
Performances will be held in Memorial Chapel
Thursday (2/11) – 8PM
Friday (2/12) – 8PM
Saturday (2/13) – 8PM
The show runs 90 minutes.
Christine Elizabeth Clarke
Meg de Recat
Date: Thursday, February 11 – Saturday, February 13
Time: All shows begin at 8 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: $6 tickets — Usdan box office
If you’re free tonight and like acting and stuff:
To all female-identifying performers of Wes! Come audition for the Vagina Monologues! The Vag Mons is a compilation of interviews and stories about women across the globe speaking about their sexuality, womanhood and other defining experiences.
Auditions will be held Thursday 12/3 from 8:30-10:30PM in the Jones Room in the CFA.
** No sign-ups necessary just come any time that works best for you!
Callbacks will be on Saturday 12/5. The performances will take place February 12-14 in the spring. Monologues will be provided (just bring your beautiful self). NO THEATER EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! If anyone wants to find out more about the Vag Mons and why we think it is important, check out this article.
Written by: Eve Ensler
Directors: Jessica Perelman, Sally Rappaport, Eva Weintraub
Stage Managers: Sonya Levine, Jenna Shapiro
If you can’t make it to these audition times/have any other questions, contact us at slevine@wes, jshapiro02@wes, or eaweintraub@wes.
Date: Thursday, December 3 — today!
Time: 8:30-10:30 PM
Place: Jones Room (CFA)
From Willa Beckman ’15:
The Shmagina Dialogues is a place for people of all gender identities and sexualities to express themselves and tell their stories.
Thursday @ 8
Friday @ 8
Saturday @ 2 + post-show discussion
Saturday @ 8
In order to continue an open dialogue about the relationship between sexuality and art, there will be a post-show discussion following the Saturday matinee of The Shmagina Dialogues. How do you create a space for individuals to tell stories while being inclusive of all genders and sexualities? Is performance a productive way to address the ambiguities of sexuality? How do these conversations differ at Wesleyan vs. other communities? Join us!
Tickets will be on sale in Usdan during meal times and before the show. Recommended price $5. After production costs, all proceeds will go to the Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health.
Date: Thurs, Feb 19- Sat, Feb 21
Time: 8- 9:30 PM
Place: WestCo Cafe
Cost: $5 (recommended)
If you stop by the WestCo lounge on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday night, you may catch some members of the Wesleyan community talking about vaginas. It should look nothing like last week’s production of The Vagina Monologues. And that’s the point.
“I have always really not liked The Vagina Monologues, but not because I don’t like the people who are involved in the show here,” explains producer Olivia May ’14. “The show itself never felt welcoming to my experience, and I can really imagine how it would feel less welcoming to a whole lot of other people.” Co-producer Emma MacLean ’14 adds, “I’ve always felt that there is more to be said than what gets said in The Vagina Monologues.”
The women of “The Vagina Monologues” want you to come.
“We’re trying to make it an inviting atmosphere,” says Jessica Carlson ’16. “We’d like to integrate the actors and the audience.” Adds Simone Hyman ’15: “It’s about the celebration of women, but why can’t dudes feel really comfortable with this too?” Marianna Quinn-Makwaia ’14 chimes in: “Any and all genders should feel comfortable coming to this show.”
Carlson, Hyman, and Quinn-Makwaia are the directors of the annual production of “The Vagina Monologues,” a theatrical tradition at Wes that leads back (in my estimation) to 2004, according to this Argus article. First written in 1994, the play is adapted from dozens of interviews done by Eve Ensler, who talked to women of all ages and walks of life about their genitalia. She then adapted some of those interviews into monologues and performed her play Off-Broadway for five years. In 1998, Ensler founded a charity called V-Day to incorporate the performance of the play into a larger movement.
From Sophia Jennings ’16:
COME SEE THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES THIS THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY @ 8:00 in the ’92 THEATER
S T A R R I N G
From Sophia Jennings ’16:
LADIES OF WESLEYAN.
COME ONE. CUM ALL.
Audition for The Vagina Monologues!
Monday, December 2nd in the Jones room, CFA (5-7 pm)
Wednesday, December 4th in the East room, CFA (5-7 pm)
**monologues will be provided**
(Both rooms are in the theater/dance studio in the CFA)
Tess Jonas ’15, Hana Elion ’15, and Dominique Moore ’14 bring you a stellar opportunity to talk about vaginas (and other things):
Come see this year’s production of Eve Ensler’s VAGINA MONOLOGUES, celebrating the 15th Anniversary of V-day, Ensler’s global movement to raise awareness about violence against women.
Thursday February 14
Friday February 15
Saturday February 16
Patricelli ’92 Theater
Tickets $5 in the Box Office. All proceeds will be donated to the Middlesex County Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls.
Hana “Boot No More” Elion ’15 writes in with a pudendal, but not shameful, proposition:
Come audition for Wes’ 2013 Production of The Vagina Monologues! Take a break from studying for finals to come give your vag some love! No preparation necessary; come ready to read and moan :)
Monday December 3rd 7:45-9:45PM
Friday December 7th 3-6PM
*You only need to come to one of these auditions, and just stop by whenever you have time!
The play will go up in February. The directors are Hana Elion ’15, Tess Jonas ’15, and Dominique Moore ’15. Email helion@wes with any questions! See you there!
Dates: December 3rd or December 7
Times: 4:45 – 9:45 pm or 3 pm – 6 pm (respectively)