Once again, FUSE (Feminists United for Sexual Equality) is set to stage its yearly production of The Vagina Monologues, a play by Eve Ensler composed of several first-person narratives in which different women recount a discovery she has made about her sexuality. The play is performed in multiple venues globally every February 14 in celebration of V-Day, a movement to end violence against women and girls. The play will be performed in Room 25 in Montgomery Hall on Feb. 14 and 15 at 6:00 pm. To add a bit of variety, TNA (The Nightingale Association), SMCM’s all-female a-capella group, will perform before the Feb. 15 performance.
Sophomore Simone Levine, the play’s director, has put her own spin on the theatrical structure of the production. “The theme and energy are different this time,” she said. “Because [Montgomery Hall 25] is such an intimate space, I wanted the theme to be just as intimate, which is why I chose to structure each monologue as a piece of spoken word poetry.”
Each actress (15 in total) will read her monologue off of a set of cards. “This is different from having an actress portraying the actual woman each monologue describes,” Levine added. “Instead, each woman will read her monologue as a poem to acknowledge the monologue as another woman’s story.”
The costuming of the production will also differ from those in past years. “Usually, the clothing [the actresses] wear are all black with some red, which to me shoves in your face that vaginas bleed once a month, and they do so much more than that,” said Levine, who opted to have each actress wear black with a splash of color which symbolizes how she visualizes her own vagina. For example, a woman who sees her vagina as a river will wear a blue motif, or a lesbian actress will wear a rainbow-themed item.
In the theme of spoken word, Levine is “trying to make the event as low-key as possible,” and to emphasize the monologues as individual pieces rather than one continuous play.