UC Merced Hosts the Vagina Monologues

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This original posting of this article contained an inaccuracy. See the bottom of the page for details.

The UC Merced VOICES club’s production of Eve Enslers famous 1996 play, The Vagina Monologues, is well underway. As performers rush to prepare for the upcoming event, here is a brief history of The Vagina Monologues.

Performers Akhila, Nataly, Leslie, and Jasmine prepare for the upcoming Vagina Monologues. Just as some of the monologues combine multiple interviews, some of the performance pieces include multiple performers.

The Vagina Monologues was written by Eve Ensler in 1996 as a way to celebrate women’s empowerment through the exploration of sexuality. Ensler interviewed over 200 women from different demographics to get a comprehensive view of the female experience and includes stories of self-expression, violence, discovery, and survival in her piece. The Monologues are updated every year to include more stories that showcase experiences of transgender women and people of other gender identities, women affected by recent world and geographical events, and to reflect shifts in society and their effect on women.

Performers Andrea and Nataly.

UC Merced’s production of The Vagina Monologues has been sponsored by the UC Merced CARE Office, Center for the Humanities, UCM Presents, Women’s Programs in the Office of Student Life, and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CACSW). The April 28th, 29th, and 30th performances are directed by CARE Program Coordinator Taylor Fugere, Valley Crisis Center Volunteer José Martinez, and UCM student Jovita Angel. Tickets cost $5 and all proceeds go towards Merced’s Valley Crisis Center which provides support to those affected by domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Performers Mary Lou and Sofia with Director Taylor Fugere (center) going over one of the several pieces that will be part of the production.

Photo Credit: Justin Gonzalez

 

Resources and Links:

CARE Office
Campus Advocate:(209) 386-2051
Location: KL 107

Valley Crisis Center
Crisis Hotline: (209) 722-4357
Location: 1960 P Street, Merced

UC Merced VOICES CatLife Page

Vagina Monologues Facebook Event Page

In the original posting of this article Jovita Angel and José Martinez were not listed as directors. This has since been corrected. Please contact theprodigy@ucmerced.edu with any questions.

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