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By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW
“In 1994, a play called ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground, offering to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women’s sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women. ‘The Vagina Monologues’ ran Off-Broadway for five years in New York and then toured the United States. After every performance, Ensler found women waiting to share their own stories of survival, leading her to see that ‘The Vagina Monologues’ could be more than a moving work of art on violence; she divined that the performances could be a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence.” — www.vday.org.
“I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don’t think about them … so I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues. I talked with over two hundred women. I talked to old women, young women, married women, single women, lesbians, college professors, actors, corporate professionals, sex workers, African American women, Hispanic women, Asian American women, Native American women, Caucasian women, Jewish women. At first women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn’t stop them.” — Introduction, “The Vagina Monologues.”
“‘The Vagina Monologues’ is a hilarious, eye-opening tour into the last frontier, the forbidden zone at the heart of every woman. Adapted from the award-winning one-woman show that’s rocked audiences around the world, this groundbreaking play gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, and thoroughly human stories, transforming the question mark hovering over the female anatomy into a permanent victory sign. With laughter and compassion, Ensler transports her audiences to a world we’ve never dared to know, guaranteeing that no one who sees ‘The Vagina Monologues’ will ever look at a woman’s body the same way again.” — Dramatists.
“The Vagina Monologues” opens on Feb. 8 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts with the much-celebrated Champagne Opening at 6 p.m. Tickets to the opening are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and include a glass of champagne, light hors d’oeuvres, a Free Come Again Ticket and, best of all, a talk-back after the show with the cast that will be mediated by Carmen Hubbs, the executive director of the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program.
“The Vagina Monologues” runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. for only two weekends, closing on Feb. 17.
The show stars many fresh faces on the Thingamajig stage including locals Mara Koch, Sariah Ellsmore, Jennie Blechman, Paula Jo Miller, Dale Johnson and Darcy DeGuise, and Durango favorite and Thingamajig regular Sharina Ramsay-Adams.
Tickets to “The Vagina Monologues” can be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-SHOW. They are $18 in advance, $25 at the door or $16 for groups of 10 or more. Thingamajig Theatre is also offering patrons to purchase tickets at an increased rate to raise money for the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program and their programs to end domestic and sexual violence. One of many V-Day events, “The Vagina Monologues” is a true account of women, their strength, and their actions to bring together a global rising of men and women, together working to end the violence once and for all.
For more information on V-Day, visit www.vday.org.