The Vagina Monologues have become quite the tradition here at Springfield College. Every year students await the always iconic T-shirts that have become a staple in promoting the play as well as the racy, yet meaningful monologues.
This will be the seventh year that the Monologues will take place, and they will be performed in Judd Gymnasium at 7 p.m. on March 7, 8 and 9 by the 48 hardworking students that took on the task.
This year Megan O’Brien and Sarah Higgins are co-directing the Monologues. O’Brien, a senior, and Higgins, a sophomore, both performed in the play for the first time last year and were chosen to co-direct this year’s performance.
The Vagina Monologues is a play originally written by Eve Ensler in 1996, and is made up of a series of monologues that are based on the true stories of real woman that touch upon the aspect of the feminine experience. These monologues range from topics of sex and love, to more serious topics such as genital mutilation and rape.
The Vagina Monologues have faced scrutiny in the past for being too vulgar and inappropriate, but it is a meaningful play that helps raise awareness for violence against women.
“It’s not so much just a show, but as the cast [works together], they kind of become a family,” said Higgins. “It is a support system for all the girls on this campus, and as you put on the show, it kind of reaches out and sends our message.”
Although the Monologues are a performance and are fun to watch, it is the message and meaning that really make the play special. Every woman has their story, and the Monologues are a way for them to express themselves in a safe and humorous way that can be enjoyed by everyone.
With the show only two and a half weeks away, the entire cast is in overdrive, working their hardest to make sure that every detail is in place and that nothing is overlooked.
“The girls have done a really good job memorizing [their monologues] and keeping up to pace with how soon the show is,” said Higgins. “It is crunch time now, though. The show is in two and a half weeks,” added O’Brien.
Whether you want to support the message of the Vagina Monologues or just want to enjoy a good show, come and see what this play is all about. It won’t be something you’ll want to miss.