Did I catch your attention? Good.
For the past few months I have been rehearsing for and performing in a production called The Vagina Monologues. Have you heard of it? Do you know what it’s about? Well, let me break it down for you.
The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play by Eve Ensler and is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of monologues based on interviews with thousands of women that deal with topics such as sexuality, feminism, rape, and yes, vaginas. It is performed every year as a part of the V-Day Campaign, and this year Chapman’s proceeds went towards the nonprofit organization Human Options, which aims to break the cycle of domestic violence.
Enough history. Let’s talk about it. I auditioned for VM on a whim, to be completely honest. My relationship was failing, school was getting more difficult, and I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone, be a little selfish, and truly embrace my feminist self. When I walked out of the audition room, I was positive that I had blown it-I wasn’t an actor after all, and had no clue what I was getting myself into. Much to my surprise and overwhelming joy, however, I was chosen to perform Hair, the first monologue of the show. Terrifying? Yes. Thrilling? Yes. The experience of a lifetime? Hell yes.
With the production now over, I don’t know how to explain the impact it had on me. This show, the cast, and the crew pushed me past my comfort zone and taught me what it means to truly love yourself and your body. This journey has been one that I will never forget, has made me more comfortable in my own skin, and has made me want to fight for equality all the more. I started this right after a breakup, and ended it right after a breakup, standing on my own two feet with the support of incredibly strong women, no, sisters, behind me. If you ever have the chance to see the production, please do so!
It’s uncomfortable, moving, scary, loud, sassy, laugh-inducing, educating, and honest. It’s the Vagina Monologues, and it’s my home.