Students tryout for ‘Vagina Monologues’

By Nazia Querashi

The Violence Prevention & Women’s Resource Center welcomed
all actresses on Thursday and Friday to audition for the upcoming
performances of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Women from Cal Poly Pomona showed up to give their best
performance of their favorite monologue. Many students returned to
participate in this year’s monologues, as well as students
auditioning for the first time.

The Vagina Monologues is made up of a number of monologues read
by a diverse group of women.

Every monologue somehow relates to the vagina: be it through
sex, love, rape, menstruation, mutilation, the variety of names for
the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body.

Jenna Culotti, a first-year psychology student, heard about the
auditions through a friend and decided to try out.

“I have never seen the monologues, before but after reading the
script, I am excited to do it,” said Culotti.

Sam Miv, the 2009 director of the monologue and a fourth-year
women’s studies student, said a recurring theme throughout the
piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment and the
ultimate embodiment of individuality.

“The Monologues stay consistent to the original writer Eve
Ensler,” said Miv. “She basically interviewed 100 women about their
experiences of being a women. Some are sad, happy, and some are
serious, but they are all meant to show how empowering women
are.”

Every year, the director does a personal monologue of their
choice called the “Spotlight Monologue.”

All donations go to a charity; last year the proceeds went to
Women of the Congo.

The audition process consisted of each student sitting down
individually with the co-directors, Jenny Powell and Leah
Moore.

Before the students performed their favorite monologue they were
asked things like, what talents they had, and what type of
monologue they see themselves doing.

Powell was pleased with the turn out this year and was ready to
hear all the auditions.

“It is looking very good, and what is so awesome is that every
woman gets a part in the monologue,” said Powell.

Moore said this year there were going to be some changes to the
performances.

“This year the dress code is going to be less risque,” said
Moore.

“The Vagina Monologues” have endured plenty of controversy in
the past, and although the monologues remain adult oriented, the
co-directors would like the audience to stay focused on the content
and message and not on how the women look.

“The Vagina Monologues” has been criticized by a number of
people in the feminist perspective movement.

Evelyn Garcia, the secretary at the Violence Prevention &
Women’s Resource Center, said the women in these monologues are
sending a positive message as opposed to negative portrayals of
male-female sexual relationships.

Kaitlin Mottershead, a second-year hospitality management
student, is excited to do the monologues again this year.

“This is not my first time doing this, but every time I get more
out of it,” said Mottershead. “This is good for women and I like
speaking about important issues that women go through.”

There is also a Spanish production of the monologues, which will
address the same issues for a wider audience. More information
about the Spanish production is at the Cesar E. Chavez Center for
Higher Education

The 2011 Vagina Monologue performance dates have not been
announced but for more information call (909) 869-3112 or visit the
Violence Prevention & Women’s Resource Center.

Students tryout for

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Students tryout for ‘Vagina Monologues’

Students tryout for

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Students tryout for ‘Vagina Monologues’

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