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'Monologues' shed light on violence
Posted March 20, 2009
Sherezad Shaikh
Adrianna Castillo gives a furious performance in her monologue, “My Angry Vagina” from “The Vagina Monologues.” Donna Ibale, playing the doctor, confronts Castillo’s character, advising her to visit the doctor regularly for examinations. However, Castillo’s vagina rejects the examinations.

Samantha Sincock
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Estrogen powered the Dailey Theatre last weekend as “The Vagina Monologues” took the University of La Verne to a world usually kept in secret.

In support of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls, Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” raises money and awareness.

The audience was filled with parents, friends, curious students and charity supporters making it a full house.

“Women secretly love to talk about their vaginas,” said the cast and throughout the night, the audience learned just that.

Director Jordan Wycoff and the girls filled the evening with comedy, sadness, and asked the audience, “If your vagina could speak what would it say?”

Cast members varied in ages and in years of experience in acting.

“It is my first time in the production and I have seen fellow Phi Sigma Sigma members go before me and I figured it is my turn,” Catalina Zech, junior psychology major, said. “We are going to make a difference and a change is coming.”

The girls began the production with dancing to ‘Womanizer’ by Britney Spears with the phrase V-DAY illuminating in red above the stage.

The monologues ranged from the comical “Hair,” which talks about how hair is essential to a vagina to “The Vagina Was My Village,” depicting a girl who was raped by soldiers and how it affected her being.

“It was really cute and eye opening at the same time,” Samantha Strachan, a home schooled senior, said.

“We all worked so hard, the girls I have worked with are lovely and I love to see them come out of their shells,” Adrianna Castillo, senior broadcasting major, said.

This is her fourth year in the production.

The production touched on the issues of transgenderism, girls discovering their periods, women who are controlled by men and rape victims.

Phrases such as “the vagina is like the Bermuda triangle,” and “they try to clean, lock and fix them up…they don’t want to be FIXED” kept the audience roaring with laughter.

“It was hilarious to watch the men’s faces during the show, they were curious and at the same time confused,” Jordan Bryant, a UC Riverside English major, said.

“I really love this production, it is my second year doing it and I haven’t had more fun in any other production and I’ve been doing this since high school,” Keiki Chelliah, sophomore communications major, said.

The women all wore outfits depicting how they felt about being a woman, some in dresses and others in five inch heels with stockings.

Wycoff wore seven-and-a-half inch heels and was covered in praise for being able to walk in them.

“I was supposed to be in the show so I got them, but when I felt it was just too much I stepped out, but I am wearing these shoes to support the girls,” Wycoff said. “I feel empowered.”

At the end of the show cast members asked the audience to get up and take a stand against violence.

Proceeds of the night went to women’s support organizations House of Ruth and Haven House

“I feel so fantastic about this whole weekend, on opening night when the lights went off I knew that the girls and I had done our job,” Wycoff said.

Samantha Sincock can be reached at samantha.sincock@laverne.edu

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