Adrian College’s Feminist Empowerment Movement (FEM) is hosting “The Vagina Monologues” on Feb. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the Adrian-Tobias Room next to the Ritchie Marketplace Annex.
The play is directed by junior Angelica Lopez. A total of 15 Adrian women will perform to raise awareness about issues real women deal with on a regular basis.
“‘The Vagina Monologues’ is a collection of monologues by Eve Ensler that raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assaults on women. The play, in a sense, gives a voice to so many women before us that were forced into silence.,” Lopez said.
Junior Emma Donelson, primary organizer and producer, also said the monologues include examples for women of all ethnicities.
“‘The Vagina Monologues’ is the end product of a collection of interviews with women of all ages, social backgrounds and ethnicities from all over the world,” she said. “Playwright Eve Ensler interviewed hundreds of women about their experiences living as a female and created a play from these interviews to raise awareness for women’s domestic violence and sexual assault. All proceeds from ‘The Vagina Monologues’ go to benefit organizations that end violence against women and girls. These events also donate all proceeds to charities locally, nationally, and globally to end the violence.”
Sara Smither, junior, is performing in one of the monologues titled, “Reclaiming Cunt.”
“It’s going to be so much fun, along with all the other amazing monologues, so everyone should come out for laughs, tears, and empowerment,” she said. “[We want] to raise awareness about the different issues that affect women all over this world. Some are serious, some are funny, but they all inspire and move the listener to believe in themselves and want a better place for women in this world.”
All three share similar hopes for the monologue’s affect on the audience and the fight to end violence.
“‘The Vagina Monologues’ is a very commanding piece and is empowering to women,” Donelson said. “It not only makes women feel good about themselves and realize they’re not alone, but I think it also urges people everywhere to make a difference and to stand up for a cause that desperately needs a voice.”
Smither said that although each monologue differs in situation, they all evoke the same emotion.
“Each monologue is a different experience from a different woman, but they remind you of your own experiences, funny, serious, or sometimes embarrassing, and the individual power and strength that you have being a woman,” she said.
Lopez also believes the play will deepen one’s sentiments towards women worldwide.
“I feel that there are so many messages throughout this show that tell the stories of so many women; the messages range from loving yourself to a sixteen year olds guide to escape being trafficked,” she said. “This play is a show about real women. It might make you laugh, it might make you cry but it will definitely deepen your understanding about women whether you are male or female!”
Donelson has enjoyed producing and has high hope for the show.
“I have had such a great time working on this, and working with such a wonderful cast,” she said. “The charities we are donating to are remarkable organizations that deserve our help and attention, and I really hope this production can not only educate, but inspire everyone to work for an end to violence.”
Smither urges students to attend the event in order to become more involved and active in the fight against domestic violence.
“This is a great opportunity to not only support your fellow student’s performances, but the local community shelter, and become involved with Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER),” she said. “It’s going to be a fun and inspirational performance and I personally cannot wait to see everyone there to help these great causes.”
The price for admission is $5 for community members, $3 for AC with a student I.D. and free for students with an I.D. and a donation of a nonperishable food item or article of clothing.