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Cast members talk about stigma of 'The Vagina Monologues'

By by camille m. doty/cdoty@vicad.com
Feb. 1, 2012 at 2:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 31, 2012 at 8:01 p.m.

Rebbeca Holm and Amy Hatmaker act out a scene from "The Vagina Monologues."  They are part of a 14-member cast performing at Victoria College  Feb 9-11.

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The vagina connects the uterus to the outside world. Yet, many remain close-minded to the Latin-based word invented in the 17th century.

"It's a big little secret you can't say unless you're with a special doctor," performer Amy Hatmaker said.

Members of society helped to create this stigma, she added.

Hatmaker, a career services specialist, said the vagina is an integral part of the female identity.

For the second consecutive year, actresses in "The Vagina Monologues" at Victoria College plan to lift the veil on the taboo term Feb. 9-11.

Another performance was added to the line-up because both shows sold out in 2011. Some of the monologues deal with sex, love, mutilation and rape. There also will be new scenes this year.

Eve Ensler, the monologue creator in 1996, was inspired by her own experience to create V-Day.

The premise of the organization is stop violence against women and girls, according to the organization's website.

Proceeds from the Victoria show will benefit the Mid-Coast Family Services and the National V-Day organization.

Fourteen Crossroads women have braved criticism and their own insecurities to take center stage.

They are educators, mothers and counselors.

"I'm not afraid to say it on stage anymore," nurse Sandy Trevino said.

Trevino aspires to have an acting career. She sees the play as performance art that is controversial mainly because of its title and subject matter.

The traveling nurse from Victoria said using the "v" word in the medical field is different from casual usage.

Trevino, who is Catholic and Latina, said she didn't really talk about her anatomy as a child. She now feels empowered and supported. Friends have told her to break a leg in Facebook messages.

Teacher Brenda Ward hopes her four daughters will be in the audience for her debut.

The mother of six and grandmother of 13, Ward couldn't get through her scene at first. She got too emotional describing witnessing child birth.

She said the play will make the audience laugh and cry.

"It takes you through a whole gamut of emotions," Ward said.

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