Legendary play raises awareness

Posted on February 18, 2009

OCC Theartre Arts department performs Vagina Monologues to help raise awareness to help end violence against women. (Photo by James A. Ridley)

Vaginas flocked to the stage at Orange Coast College Saturday to discuss their thoughts.

OCC hosted V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. It consisted of information booths and two separate benefit plays. The ‘v’ in V-Day stands for victory, valentine and vagina.

The highlight of the night was the play directed by Samantha Wellen, titled, “The Vagina Monologues,” by Eve Ensler, a play about women talking about their vaginas.

“I come from a history of violence,” Wellen said. “It was a personal reason for me to direct the Vagina Monologues.”

Some characters were hesitant to talk, some were angry, some were excited, some were sexy and some were heartbreaking.

The acting was impeccable and the actresses only got better with each monologue.

Of the 18 monologues I found one exceptionally praiseworthy.

My favorite was a monologue called the Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy performed by Lauren Kushin.

It was, in one word, hilarious.

A former lawyer describes her passion for making vaginas happy. She explains that this infatuation started when she was a girl. She would watch movies and when a woman was making love she would moan.

From then on, she was determined to find what exactly caused that sound. One thing led to another and she started to get paid to make vaginas happy.

At the end of this monologue, she tells the audience she knows the difference between the obvious moan and the power moan. From there, she begins naming different kinds of moans she’s come across and another girl from the cast imitates that moan.

The most intriguing was the surprise triple orgasm moan where the woman looked as though she was honestly having an orgasm and fell off her chair.

The audience roared with laughter.

As much as the play was funny, it had serious points as well.

The play also consisted of some Not So Happy Vagina Facts.

One fact pertained to genital mutilation, where part of or the entire clitoris is removed. It is still practiced today in places like Africa. It leads to many health risks in the future.

“The Vagina Monologues” was not the only play that took the stage for V-Day. “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer,” edited by Eve Ensler, took the stage this weekend as well.

This play was like “the Vagina Monologues” only that it contained more serious narratives.

“I was so proud,” Wellen said about the success of the play. “Even if we could only affect one person, it would have been worth it.”

“A memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer,” directed by Courtney Chudleigh, was about the cruelty some women go through, whether it’s physical, verbal, sexual, or neglect.

Chudleigh said that she was honored to direct a play she felt so passionately about.

“It’s completely inspirational, I found the piece and decided to direct it,” she said. “It’s not something I was just asked to do. It was something I wanted to do for a really long time.”

Originally published in the Coast Report, Orange Coast College’s student-run newspaper.

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