‘Vagina Monologues’ performances raise $600

Nicole Fano

Fourteen female students participated in a production of “The Vagina Monologues” on Feb. 19 and Feb. 21. The production was sponsored by Women Activists Vocalizing Equality (WAVE), whose purpose is to advocate feminist ideals, and promote social, political, and economic equality for women.

Written by Eve Ensler, “The Vagina Monologues” is an award-winning play that has been performed in more than 120 countries. The production featured 17 different monologue performances that dealt with issues such as rape, homosexuality, orgasms, sex, and of course, vaginas.

“What is so wonderful about this play is that it interweaves serious, pressing issues with comedic reliefs that allow the audience’s experience to be both enjoyable and informative,” WAVE president Bianca Ursillo said.

Cast members included: Bret Bucci, Stacy Franzman, Christina Giani, Lara Hajjar, Molly Heintzelman, Megan Igoe, Meghan Roche, Christina Ruperto, Jessica Sares, Kate Seabury, Nelly Shteynberg, Danielle Slupicki, Isabella Trichilo and Ursillo.

The production was performed in lieu of “V-Day,” a global movement to end violence toward women. In addition to writing “The Vagina Monologues,” Ensler is also the founder and artistic director of “V-Day.” The movement celebrated its 10th anniversary in April 2008.

All proceeds from ticket and food sales will be donated to the Women and Girls of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). RAINN is one of the largest anti-sexual assault organizations in the nation.  The two performances raised $600.

“We hope that with each WAVE event, our peers become more self-aware of prevailing issues that tend to victimize women and use what they learn to pass on their knowledge and educate others,” Ursillo said. “WAVE recognizes that with any form of hate or discrimination, the only way to ‘cure’ a social disease is through education and empowerment—which is exactly what ‘The Vagina Monologues’ sets out to do.”