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By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW
Thingamajig Theatre opens “The Vagina Monologues” on Feb 8 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and the show runs for six nights only — Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. — through Feb. 17.
Each of the monologues — read by six Pagosa women and one woman from Durango — deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, sometime hilariously, sometimes shockingly and sometimes heart-wrenchingly touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the various common names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body.
The piece is brilliantly written: suggestive and intimate without descending into the realms of smut or crassness; light and funny at times, and darkly poignant at others.
A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. Eve Ensler wrote the piece in 1996 after interviewing over 200 women. Each monologue comes from a true story that she heard. Ensler’s original intention was to celebrate femininity and the vagina. The show then morphed into a campaign to stop violence against women. Esler helped launch V-day; a global non-profit movement that raised over $75 million for women’s anti-violence groups through “The Vagina Monologues” ticket sales.
Thingamajig Theatre Company and the Center for the Arts is teaming with the Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program to raise awareness about women’s issue. The ACVAP is a local nonprofit that assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. A sexual assault occurs every 45 seconds in the United States and one in three girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. ACVAP works to ensure that victim’s rights are exercised and needs met.
When you purchase your theatre tickets, there is also an option to donate an additional $10 to the Victims Assistance Program. Opening night of “The Vagina Monologues” will be celebrated with the usual Thingamajig Champagne Opening fare, as well as a talk-back with the cast and Archuleta County Victims Assistance Executive Director Carmen Hubbs. ACVAP is also putting together an art show. Sales from the show will benefit the work that ACVAP does.
Thingamajig Theatre’s production of “The Vagina Monologues” stars Paula Jo Miller, Jennie Blechman, Dale Johnson, Sharina Ramsey, Mara Koch, Darcy DeGuise and Sariah Ellsmore. You can purchase tickets to “The Vagina Monologues” at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, by calling 731-SHOW or by visiting www.pagosacenter.org. Tickets to the show are $18 in advance and $25 at the door with a $10 donation option. Reservations are highly recommend, due to the limited run of the show.