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'The Vagina Monologues'

Lorena Johnson-Miles
10/12/2010
From left, Ashley Corbin, Courtney Jonsson, Ivy Engebretson, Cassie Hart, Melissa Bankes and Ellen Boshart star in the Monmouth College Crimson Masque production of Eve Ensler's “The Vagina Monologues.” Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday in MC’s WIT Theater, which is located on the lower level of the Haldeman-Thiessen Science Center.
In celebration of Fine Arts Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Monmouth College’s Crimson Masque will present Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and October 24 at 2 p.m.

The performances will be staged in the college’s WIT Theater, which is located on the lower level of the Haldeman-Thiessen Science Center. Live, pre-show music will begin a half-hour before each production. A post-show discussion with the cast and crew is scheduled for opening night.

Admission is $4 with a Monmouth College ID, $5 for other students and senior citizens and $6 for adults. To make ticket reservations, call 309-457-2104 or email theater@monm.edu.

Hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by the New York Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous,” “The Vagina Monologues” explores the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. The production is composed of a series of monologues that analyze issues that affect women all over the world. The monologues cover a range of topics, including relationships, sex, motherhood, sisterhood, the development of personal identity and women’s empowerment. The show brings particular attention to the shocking rate of domestic violence committed against women each year.

“It is our great hope that this production will make women of the community more comfortable with sharing stories about their own lives,” said Jennifer Erbes, a senior theatre major from Warsaw, who is directing the show.

The production features a range of women from the college, including Cassie Hart, a senior from Cuba.

“The role I’m playing is really out of character for me,” she said. “It’s a strange experience, but I’m learning a lot about myself and the women around me. I feel like I know these girls better than my roommate or my best friend.”

Audiences are warned that content may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.