Students Audition to be a Voice for Women

Women from across campus have recently auditioned to be a part of this year’s annual performance of “The Vagina Monologues.”

“The Vagina Monologues” are a series of monologues written by Eve Ensler, based on interviews she conducted with numerous women from all walks of life.

“It’s basically an effort for women to not feel self-hatred or shameful about vaginas because in our culture it is a shameful topic,”  said Loren DeLonay, one of the students who helped with auditions.

“The Vagina Monologues” are performed as a stage show in which many different women have the opportunity to recite a monologue chosen by the director to the audience.

Cassandra Schick, another student who helped with auditions talked about the goals of the show.

“My main hope for the Vagina Monologues is that women who are in the audience feel more empowered, and I’m strongly encouraging men to come to the performance as well,” Schick said.

Auditions for the show were open to all women and anyone who identified themselves as female on campus.

Emily Palmer, a sophomore drama major at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, auditioned for the show.

“They are just so empowering, and it is great that we have something like this on campus, especially annually,” Palmer said.

Palmer also talked about the process of picking a monologue to audition with.

“You read through and get a brief idea of what the woman you are representing is like and just do the most honest representation you can,” Palmer said.

While men are not allowed to audition for a role, all participants seemed to think that the show would hold some kind of benefit for them as well.

“It is not just women that are impacted by these things, it is men, too,” said Haley Bodoh, a genetics major who also auditioned.

“The Vagina Monologues” will provide audience members the chance to not only hear many different female perspectives but also attend a question-and-answer session with performers after the show.

“The Vagina Monologues” will run April 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. in NFAC 221.

Aaron Voeks

avoek774@uwsp.edu

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