The Vagina Monologues are a variety of stories told by Springfield College students based on a play writer and performer Eve Ensler put together in 1996. The show includes “staple monologues,” which were written by Ensler after interviewing over 200 different women around the world, but the Springfield College cast puts a twist on it, with their own monologues.
The Vagina Monologues’ main message they are trying to send out is ending violence against women, whether it be physical or mental.
“It brings awareness, but it also brings such togetherness to the entire campus,” stated senior co-director Jillian Funk.
“I felt like it was an opportunity I would have never had again,” stated senior co-director Angela Waring about getting involved with the Vagina Monologues.
Each year, there is a different theme for the show. Last year the theme was portrayed with a title of, “One Billion Rising,” in which this year’s directors added onto with, “One Billion Rising for Justice.”
“We’ve tossed around the idea of what does it really mean to rise for justice?” stated first-year graduate student director, Christina Cetti. “You can rise for any reasons equaling justice.”
The three directors have all taken part in the show in the past. Funk and Cetti have been a part of the show for three years now, with one year actually writing a portion of it, while Waring has been involved in the Monologues for two years.
“When I started the Monologues I had no idea what I had gotten into,” commented Funk. “Tech week introduced the performance and it was changed ever since.”
Each director admitted that after being in the Monologues, they were “hooked,” and saw connections and emotions made that are indescribable. They have seen the growth in the program, and have been eager to finally direct the show.
“People I didn’t even know were coming up and thanking me and it was like a feeling that I will never be able to explain to anyone,” stated Cetti.
“I think we just want our words to resonate with people so they can apply those words to their own life,” stated Waring.
The show raises awareness and is equally relatable to everyday life.
“It is a very empowering show,” stated Cetti. “That is what we want people to walk away with.
The cast this year consists of approximately 45 people, who have been working since late-October to refine the show.
“They are all incredible women, in incredibly different ways,” stated Waring.
The show has been performed for many years, bringing the community together by really spreading awareness through the stories of women. Some are witty, and some are funny, but all are serious topics that need to be brought to society’s attention.
This year, the Vagina Monologues are being held in Judd Gymnasia on February 27, 28 and March 1 starting at 7 p.m. each night. The show, which has sold out the past two years, is set up for an audience of 350 people.
“You just have so many people coming up to you saying, ‘Thank you so much! That one performance or that one sentence that you said impacted me.’ Even though we didn’t write it, that is what we want to portray,” stated Funk.