The University of La Verne has begun preparation for “The Vagina Monologues” as the cast rehearses for the much anticipated event.
“The Vagina Monologues” are based on of a play written by Eve Ensler.
Ensler launched V-Day, a global non-profit organization, which raises money to fund women’s anti-violence groups.
“Everyone thinks this is a play about periods and girl stuff but it is so much more,” Jordan Wycoff, junior theater major and director of the play, said.
The play is made up of various monologues read by a number of women which portray humorous and serious events which occur in a woman’s life.
“We want to empower men to empower women so that everyone can be empowered to stand up for what is right,” Hannah Knous, sophomore theater major, said.
Knous commented on how the play is meant to raise awareness and help support those women and children when they get out of violent situations.
“I am very active in human rights and I hope this play will continue to raise international awareness,” Lynetta Hale, senior CAPA student, said.
She will recite the monologue “The Vagina Was My Village.”
Hale heard about the auditions for last years play through a meeting and said the experience was so amazing that she had to do it again.
“I hope we can gain momentum with this and get people involved,” Hale said.
The cast is full of women from different backgrounds, including some who have never heard of the play and others who have been a part of the production in the past.
“I heard people talk about last years production and found out it was a great experience for them,” Ashley Davis, freshman theater major, said. “I wanted to be part of it,”
Many schools throughout the world put on this play every February or March and send earnings from ticket sales to local groups that help women in need.
ULV will send proceeds to the non-profit organizations House of Ruth and Haven House in hopes of aiding those who have endured violence.
“It is not about us hating the male race, we’re not man haters,” Wycoff said. “It is about helping La Verne see what goes on out there in the world.”
The show will run March 12-14 in Dailey Theatre and the cast hopes to see crowds eager to laugh and learn.
Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased at the door.
“It is a great show, you will leave feeling enlightened and know that you will learn something despite if you want to or not,” Davis said.
Samantha Sincock can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.