Presented by the COS drama club and emceed by Kimberly Morgan, Saturday's performance of the Vagina Monologues at COS raised over $1,300 from ticket sales and donations, which will be donated to the Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis Center.
The Vagina Monologues returned to College of the Siskiyous this past Saturday night in a one night only performance, and along with delivering huge laughs to its enthusiastic audience, the play touched on serious and disturbing realities.
Taking place in the Kenneth Ford Theater, the play brought together 15 women to perform the episodic play written by Eve Ensler in 1996. The performance was one of thousands across the country in the V-Day College Campaign, a global movement aimed at ending violence against women and girls.
Presented by the COS drama club and emceed by Kimberly Morgan, the performance raised over $1,300 from ticket sales and donations, which will be donated to the Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis Center.
The play featured some familiar COS performers, but much of the cast had experience with domestic violence. Some had friends who were survivors. Some were survivors.
At times, the performances drew huge gales of laughter from the audience, along with the occasional whistle or high pitched "Ow!" At other times, there was silence, broken only by coughs, cringes and faint groans.
Zoe Frost’s monologue titled "My Angry Vagina" was so full of energy that some in the front rows were startled further back into their seats.
The monologue features a woman's hilarious rant about common injustices, such as the psychological and physical effects of tampons, douches and tools used by OB/GYNs. With the flow of a professional stand-up comedian, Frost paced quickly from one side of the stage to the other, her voice loud enough to render the microphone stand useless.
Another hilarious, yet helpful monologue narrated by Arial Vibrans illustrates that one usually vulgar term is a lovely word despite its disconcerting connotations. The four letter word is broken down into an acronym, with each letter serving as a jumping off point for an exercise in word association.
One audience favorite was performed by Bethany Soulliere in which a sex worker discusses the details of her career and her love of giving women pleasure. The monologue climaxed with an excellent vocal performance of several realistic sexual moans. It covered everything from Jewish moans to Catholic moans, and ended with a moan called “The Tripple Orgasm.” As if they were being asked for their opinion, many men in the crowd shouted their appreciation of their favorites.
The humorous monologues served a purpose beyond comedy. They helped to balance out the more serious monologues.
The most emotionally charged monologue was compiled from the testimonies of Bosnian women subjected to rape camps.
Performed by Christine Tolman and Lizz Errett, the monologue was so emotional, you couldn’t help but admire the courage of the two women performing it. Some cast members fought back tears as Tolman and Errett took turns reading their parts. They ended their monologue by speaking the last lines simultaneously.
Other performers included Valerie Hougan, LeAnne Gosmeyer, Angelica Polkowitz, Ceara Hays, Randi Busse, Brenda Craig, Christina Pistorius, Ty Speck.
The end featured a video of Eve Ensler performing her latest monologue in honor of her sisters in Haiti, the Congo and New Orleans.
In 1998 Ensler wrote that “the purpose of the (Vagina Monologues) changed from a celebration of vaginas and femininity to a movement to stop violence against women.” And in that aim, the play was a huge success.