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‘Vagina Monologues’ send empowering, hilarious message
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Supporters (G.L.A.S.S.) with Fourth Wall sponsored the annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” this past weekend.
The show featured several women reciting monologues celebrating women and raising awareness about negative situations for women around the world.
The show was performed in Buckman Theater and tickets were $5. There were also chocolate “vagina pops” on sale for $1. All proceeds from the weekend’s sales go toward the Greater New Haven Domestic Violence Services and the Waltham House for Gay, Lesbian and Transgender teens in Massachusetts.
The show included 15 students performing a total of 21 monologues. The simple stage was set with several chairs and couches for the performers to sit in when not speaking and five stools at the front of the stage. Most of the furniture was draped in pink sheets and there were rose petals strewn across the pink-lit stage.
Monologues ranged from the very serious, such as one about comfort women in Japan, performed by sophomore independent theatre major Sarah Lagatutta, to the hilarious “Angry Vagina” monologue, in which sophomore journalism major Heather Rudow proclaimed against the small everyday negatives for women.
The crowd’s favorite monologue appeared to be “The Women Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy,” performed by Fallon Mulerman, a sophomore broadcast journalism major. This monologue feature Mulerman giving examples of various “moans,” setting the audience laughing and applauding.
Many audience members enjoyed the show, feeling the effects of the funny monologues while receiving the deeper messages of the serious monologues.
“It was the best show I have seen in a while,” said Katie Franker, a freshman history and finance major. “It was serious, yet hilarious.”
The actresses involved in the play enjoyed their experience as well.
“‘The Vagina Monologues’ has been such an amazing experience for me,” said Kathleen Hessman, a sophomore broadcast journalism major. “To bring such an empowering message to an audience through theater is a wonderful thing and I feel more people can understand and take in this message through coming to see the play.”