Last Friday I attended an incredible performance of Eve Ensler's play, the Vagina Monologues. The play was acted and produced by students at Birthingway College of Midwifery, as a benefit for their school and also for the Bradley Angle House, a domestic abuse shelter for women and children. Tickets are $15, which is steep for many (including myself), but well worth it!
I had read the play before but never seen it performed - and I was really blown away. Ensler interviewed hundreds of women about their vaginas, and the resulting monologues offer a wide range of perspectives from women of various ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, sexual orientations, etc. Some of the pieces are hilarious, like the one with the lawyer-turned-sexworker imitating the many styles of women's moaning. Others are devastating, like the Bosnian woman describing her vagina before and after being raped and tortured by soldiers. Overall, the play was thought-provoking, moving, powerful and inspiring.
There will be a second performance this Friday, February 14, at 7:00 pm. Yes, that's right, on Valentine's Day. Forget the schmaltzy, capitalism-boosting bullshit of this Hallmark holiday and celebrate it by reveling in the magical mysteries of the Vagina - and by supporting two great endeavors. The play is at the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Highway in Multnomah Village), and you can call 503-263-1845 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and/or more info.