MARIST THEATER SHEDS LIGHT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

On February 15th and 16th, Marist College Club of Theatre Arts (MCCTA), presented “The Vagina Monologues”. This year, “The Vagina Monologues” was directed by senior, Grace Sin and produced by Jenny Flanagan and Christina Angilletta with a cast of about 25 girls. So, you may be wondering, what are The Vagina Monologues? For those of you who don’t know, The Vagina Monologues is based off of interviews  Eve Ensler had with all types of women who had many interesting experiences with their vagina. Whether it would be sex, love, rape, birth or domestic violence., each monologue has a different theme; some funny or some very serious and dramatic.

Many people have approached me asking several questions about the show, “The Vagina Monologues”. I must admit, it is quite an unusual thing to tell your friends you’re a part of however it has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my theatrical career and time at Marist. I decided to audition for The Vagina Monologues my sophomore year and I had no idea what it was about. I remember reading my monologue for the first time; 2.5 pages on Microsoft word of a crazy and graphic subject. I remember thinking what did I get myself into! But I’ll never forget being at the last dress rehearsal and hearing all the monologues performed for the first time ever. I was so shocked to hear how empowering and different all the monologues were. As a junior returning from studying abroad, I knew it was one of the first things I wanted to do. I was lucky enough to receive such an awesome monologue that I definitely will never forget.

I think that this show has taught me a lot about myself and the global call to help prevent this violence. For me, I like to perform in this show to raise awareness and open closed minds. When most people hear the title of the show, they immediately get freaked out and do not want to have any part of it. Many audience members left the show so happy they had decided to come out and watch. A few even spoke to me about how empowered they felt. After performing in this production for two years, it’s such an awesome way to help create awareness and spread it through Marist.

This year, I must say the show was fantastic. There were actually 3 new monologues added; one being a monologue from the writer, Eve Ensler, herself. The turnout was great and we received an abundance of donations to give to The Grace Smith House, a private non-profit domestic violence agency group based out of Poughkeepsie providing services to those in need. Each individual actress did such an amazing job with her interpretation of the monologue. I am beyond honored to have had the opportunity to share the stage with such wonderful ladies and to have helped such an amazing cause. If you didn’t get the chance to see it, I hope to see you around this time next year! We are, Marist College and we are One Billion Rising.

By: Brianne Kain

Class of 2015

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