This is the tenth year the Vagina Monologues are being performed at UC Berkeley. Image source.
It is feminism. It is art. It is live empowerment, on stage and in the room.
Celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, V-Day kicked off their annual performance of the Vagina Monologues last night and will continue showings through tomorrow, February 12.
While the Vagina Monologues may be about empowering women, the show is completely enthralling and worthwhile to anybody who identifies as male, female, or anything in between. Lila June Carpenter, who performs in the opening scene of the show, described the performance as being “about women whose stories need to be told.”
“You’re watching a group of women whose lives have been changed by putting on this production. That alone has a lot of power already,” she said.
With impressive and inspired original pieces to compliment the original monologues written by playwright Eve Ensler, as well as a particularly sultry and comedic moaner to narrate “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy,” V-Day delivered another production that was equally charming and deep, a production that engaged both the audience members and the performers in a transformative and creative dialogue about the human condition and the female experience.
A portion of proceeds from this year’s show will go to help end violence against women in Haiti. More information about donating to V-Day’s cause can be found on their website.