MSU’s rendition of the Vagina Monologues will return to campus today and tomorrow, Thursday Feb. 28 and Friday March 1, in the Procrastinator Theater at 6 p.m.
The original play debuted in 1996 and was written by Eve Ensler, a white, middle-class New Yorker who based the series of monologues on interviews with over 200 women. The Bozeman production, directed by students Hannah Pearce and Ellie Newell, will feature an all-local cast and include about 15 monologues.
The monologues vary in length from one to ten minutes and span topics ranging from sex work to surviving rape as a tactic of war. Most notably, Bozeman local KP Glasheen will perform a monologue she personally wrote.
Pearce hopes that more community members will come forward and write monologues, so that next year the production can feature content especially relevant to our community. Ensler’s monologues are still relevant, but a little dated, Pearce said.
All profits from the two shows will be donated to the MSU Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) Survivor Fund, which directly assists survivors of sexual assault and dating violence at MSU. The fund was started last fall with SASA’s Community Coffeehouse Benefit, and allows the student club to work with the VOICE Center on campus and help those in need. They hope to raise $1,500 through this year’s Vagina Monologues.
A committee of members of SASA and the VOICE Center determines how to spend the Survivor Fund money with no outside restrictions. It has gone toward such things as parking passes for single parents returning to school, family/graduate housing application fees for people looking to escape abusive relationships, and replacing clothes taken for evidence of sexual assault. SASA has not denied any requests for help from the Survivor Fund thus far, Pearce said, and they can help those in need within the day of receiving a request.
The Vagina Monologues on campus will last about two hours including an intermission. Tickets cost $5 and are available at the VOICE Center in SUB 370 and at the door.