“Vagina Monlogues” Chronicles Women’s Experiences

by Deanna Marano

The cast of the 2013 Vagina Monologues on stage at the Bellview Grange. Photo via Muuqi Maxwell/The Siskiyou

The cast of the 2013 Vagina Monologues on stage at the Bellview Grange. Photo via Muuqi Maxwell/The Siskiyou

The Southern Oregon University Women’s Resource Center presents The Vagina Monologues on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Rogue River Room of the Stevenson Union, directed by Brenda Shelton and Autumn Wilson.

Written by Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues is a series of monologues inspired by interviews from real women around the world chronicling women’s experiences. “There are a wide range of pieces, from funny to difficult,” Shelton said, “There’s one about getting your first period, one about different names people have for vaginas, one about female ejaculation, one about vaginal cutting, there is a piece about trans-women and their experiences […] It’s simultaneously a celebration of people with vaginas but also an effort to raise awareness and hope to end violence.”

Everyone who is interested is welcome to attend. “Even if you don’t identify as a woman it’s still important to hear these stories and learn about what has happened and continues to happen,” Shelton said, “It’s also funny as just a great experience. I would encourage everyone to go, bring the people you care about!”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. each night and all profits are donated to various foundations in the area that work to end violence. Cupcakes, vagina-shaped chocolates, and tee shirts will be sold at the event.

Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for community and available from the SOU theater box office, the information desk in the Raider’s Nest, and on the theater box office website, with a small service fee if bought online.  The show runs through Feb. 22.For more information, contact the Women’s Resource Center at wrc@sou.edu.

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