by Emily Misencik ’14
On Thursday, Feb. 23, Trinity’s 13th annual production of The Vagina Monologues occurred on campus. Eve Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues in 1996 as part of the V-Day movement, which is a global movement that aims at ending violence against the female population. V-Day also “promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.” V-day campaigns, like Ensler’s Vagina Monologues that is performed across the globe, raises awareness and money for anti-violence groups in the given community. Over the past years, V-Day has raised over $85 million dollars internationally. Various companies and organizations have rated V-Day as one of the top charities and non-profit organizations, including Worth Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and GreatNonprofits.
The performance consisted of various readings of different dialogues that explore the various forms of female sexuality. Joseph Laws ‘12 and Carlos Velazquez ‘14 introduced Trinity’s Vagina Monologues, which was narrated throughout by Nancy Fleming. The performance ended with an excerpt from “One Billion Rising” read by the College Chaplain at Trinity College, Allison Read and Associate Director of Campus Life and Leadership, Noreen Huth. “One Billion Rising” calls on females and those that love them to join together on Feb. 14 and “dance until the violence stops.”
Trinity’s 13th annual performance of The Vagina Monologues was co-directed by Brittney Payton ’12 and Jeanika Browne-Springer ’12 and was sponsored by Trinity College Women & Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC), Trinity College Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA), Entertain Activities Council (EAC), and Trinity’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). This year’s production benefited the Hartford Interval House, which is a battered women’s shelter and also a place for survivors of sexual or domestic abuse and violence in Haiti. Over $650 was raised through proceeds from the production and fundraisers across campus for the Interval House. More information can be learned about The Vagina Monologues and the V-Day movement at www.vday.org.