Let’s talk about vaginas. Let’s talk about struggles, triumphs, insecurities, empowerment, sisterhood, inequality, abuse, love, and lust that one comes with. Let’s look at ourselves as beautiful, vulnerable, sexual, vessels of love. Let’s talk about life.
This is what this play is all about, and Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m at Schwab Auditorium, you can experience the roller coaster ride that is “The Vagina Monologues” for yourself.
The Vagina Monologues, created in 1996 by Eve Ensler, is a 90-minute play constructed from a number of different monologues from various women. Topics range from serious to hilarious seamlessly as you follow the many different actors portrayal of what their Vagina, or womanhood itself, means to them.
This year, the show is brought to Penn State by directors Keighlyn Alber, a senior double majoring in science and woman’s studies, and Cassandra LeBar, a senior in psychology minoring in labor studies. They met each other while preforming “The Vagina Monologues” at Penn State Hazleton in their freshman year. They fell in love with the show and said it just snowballed from there.
“Women come here looking for a healing experience,” says Keighlyn.
Healing and community drive the show as brutal honest, graphic detail, and intimate conversation come together to make people find comfort in who they are. The healing keeps going long after the show as 90 percent of the donations will go to Centre County Women’s resource center, and the other 10 percent will go to 1 Billion Rising, a charity for women who have experienced sexual or domestic abuse.
The all-female cast consists of 30 young women, some of whom are veterans of the show, and others with no previous acting experience at all, although it’s hard to tell which is which because of the amount of passion they all bring to the stage.
Becky Guldian, former director last year and producer of the current show explained how The Vagina Monologues came to be.