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Scene: A new set of monologues expected at Victoria College's V-Day event

By by carolina astrain/castrain@vicad.com
Feb. 27, 2013 at 11:01 a.m.
Updated March 18, 2013 at 10:19 p.m.

Martie Hart, left, Raphael Venegas and Kristen Lopez-Kingston rehearse during "The Vagina Monologues" rehearsal at Johnson Symposium. The Vagina Monologue's will be performed at the Leo J. Welder Center for Performing Arts March 1st and 2nd.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: V-Day Victoria College "A Memory, A Monologue, a Rant and A Prayer: Writings to End Violence Against Women and Girls" 2013

• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

•  WHERE: Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

• COST: $10 for public, $5 for students

• FOR MORE INFO:vday.org, facebook.com/vday, Twitter - @VDAY

Vagina.

One shudders at the word.

My first experience with Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" was at Mizzou's Jesse Auditorium, where I got to see my student peers read from the controversial 1996-play.

For those unfamiliar with the monologues, the show consists of various accounts of women of all ages recounting their experiences with self-discovery, rape and, in one story, birth.

As a native Texan who was raised in a conservative, Catholic community - all of "that-liberal-feminism-stuff" was new to me.

After squirming through the first few acts, I finally understood the playwright's message toward ending violence and rape toward women.

The original play branched out into a larger movement celebrated at universities and colleges across the country called V-Day.

The "V" stands for victory, valentine and vagina. The V-Day campaign is aimed at ending violence toward women.

Two years ago, Victoria College English professor Lisa DeVries introduced Victoria College to "The Vagina Monologues" through the college's film club.

The college's first performance of the monologues in 2011 was received with mixed emotions by the Crossroads community.

This year, VC assistant history professor Ann Maley Kapp is bringing a different show by the same author of the original monologues called, "A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer."

The 2007 performance piece was put together by Ensler with a broader range of contributions from female and male celebrity authors.

This year, the show is expected to have more performers than before, with 16 women and 5 men participating in 13 different monologues.

The show's proceeds benefit the Victoria Women's Crisis Center.

"It's the biggest cast we've ever had," Kapp said. "We'll be dropping the f-bomb, so please be sure to remind people it's an adult-themed show for a mature audience."

The lobby will open at 6 p.m. both nights and various, mostly, female-owned businesses will be selling their wares.

Kapp said, there will be nonalcoholic beverages available. Also, VC student clubs, including the Dirt Nerds ceramics club, and Phi Theta Kappa honor society will be represented at the show.

At my first "The Vagina Monologues" show, there were T-shirts that several of my male classmates purchased that read, "I love the female orgasm."

Kapp said not to expect such quirky shirts at the college's show, but that she's going to do her best to get some vagina-inspired "lollipops," for sale in the lobby.

Yes, I am blushing while I write this, but what's so complicated about it all, really?

If this show can bring inspiration to a woman who needs to break the silence about a bad situation she may be in, then let's all carry on and bring on the 'pops.

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