Volume 74, Issue 7
October 18, 2002

Vagina Monologues has swept nation--now WC

Chas LiBretto

This weekend, the vagina will be the most discussed topic in Tawes Theatre.

"Why?" one may be wondering. It is because the second drama thesis of the year, directed by senior Laura Schoen, will be running October 18 and 19, and is the well-known play, The Vagina Monologues.

The Vagina Monologues has swept the nation in recent years since its debut in New York City. It has been highly publicized and has drawn huge crowds from theatre-goers across the nation.

Written by the award winning playwright and activist Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues is a show that details, in a word, womanhood.

It has even inspired a pseudo-holiday called V-Day, a day of awareness for the tragedy of violence against women.

"I love this play," stated Schoen. "It's about embracing womanhood. The first time I saw a production of it two years ago, I didn't stop talking about it and my feelings on it for weeks."

She continued, "By the third time, I didn't stop talking about it ever! If a piece can me make react, remember and reflect like that I knew it was something special; something I wanted to be a part of."

Schoen's enthusiasm has definitely rubbed off onto her cast as well.

By press time, the show had already sold out its entire Friday night run. "Selling out the day we opened up the invites was exciting," Schoen said. "It's awesome to know that such a large number of people want to attend, want to see it, and want to be exposed ... especially at this school, which is all too often closed to things such as screaming 'vagina.' It's amazing!"

The play's popularity is not surprising. Nearly every production the play has seen in the country has been greeted with rave reviews and full houses.

Still, Schoen's production promises to bring a new spin on many aspects of it to the delight of WC's students.

"[The actors] have fun with it," said Schoen. "Everyday they show me new things, new insights into the show; into a script I've read hundreds of times but never saw before. They are such talented, beautiful, unique women."

She further praised, "I'm so ecstatic that they welcomed me into their lives, that they shared themselves with each other and me, and soon the audience. I can't wait to see how the audience responds. I hope they are just as excited as I am."

Schoen's cast includes Sarah Snyder, Sarah Curnoles, Jessica Mitchell and Kate Mahoney.

She also has her stage manager Sarah Middleton to help her through such a tumultuous and stressful senior thesis: "She is truly a godsend. Her knowledge, insights, and ideas have taken this play to a new level. She is truly amazing and I owe my sanity to her."

The director was surely willing to share the credit of the show. She said, "I definitely can't take credit for this; it goes to Sarah and the rest of the cast and crew. They have taken my passion and taken it beyond my imagination. They have made me fall in love with this show all over again."

Come Friday, Schoen and her cast and crew will reveal the show to WC and a long journey will come to a close.

"The play is liberating," concluded Schoen. "It's making feminism not only funny, but fun - and that's liberating! It's a step towards taking the taboo out of 'vagina,' embracing womanhood, our need to end the wrongdoings done against women throughout the world and the need to take the stigma out of feminism."

By weekend's end, perhaps the play will inspire heightened awareness, and a student or two may not even be afraid to utter the word "vagina."