“Vagina Monologues” brings awareness to women’s health

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Clarion University’s V-Day Project hosted the 14th “Vagina Monologues” over the course of the weekend.
The show was performed three times from Friday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, Feb. 23 and is an annual event for t

Audience members attend the showing of the 14th annual “Vagina Monologues” in Hart Chapel.
Audience members attend the showing of the 14th annual “Vagina Monologues” in Hart Chapel.

he university. Auditions for the “Monologues” were last October, and the group has met every week this semester to organize the show.
Paige Shiring and Abbey Delaney directed the show, which began with an introductory video, showing a behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsals of the monologues. Delaney said that this was a new addition for this year.
“This year we have made an opening video of everyone saying what this means to them because not everyone gets to do this,” said Delaney.
She spoke at the Friday night show and said, “I really want everyone to be here. I want a full house.”
She said that the turnout had already exceeded that of last year.
The “Monologues” themselves were inspired by a play written by Eve Ensler, and the interviews, which were re-enacted, were based on real people within the book. Between monologues as each was being introduced, the performers also gave facts and information about sexual health and included UNICEF report figures.
Alex Elias participated in the event, and performed the monologue “List 1” along with Brittany Best and Cierra Pedersen.

“I decided to join the ‘Vagina Monologues’ because I enjoy the theater so much, and it has such a strong message about what most people think is a taboo subject, so much so that even if someone says vagina, others are like, what? Ew,” said Elias. “As I mentioned before they mean a lot to me because the monologues talk about things people don’t want to talk about and force them to recognize that we need to talk about them. I was assigned a monologue by Paige [Shiring] and Abbey [Delaney], the directors, and I went with it, but I was able to decide what moan I wanted to do, and make that my own, and funny in its own way. I prepared myself for the show by letting go of my own inhibitions about talking about vaginas, and being honest, funny and serious, all in one show.”
Other monologues were titled, “My Angry Vagina” and “Because He Likes to Look at it.”
Senior Bre Lehman, who performed “The Flood,” has been a part of Clarion’s “Vagina Monologues” for four years, and said, “This is my fourth year in the show. The show brings a really important message everybody should hear. I think we just had a really good cast this year.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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