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If your vagina got dressed up, what would it wear?
Silk stockings. Mink. A pink boa. Something form fitting. Emeralds or sequins.
These are just several of the answers that women around the world responded with when posed with Eve Ensler’s questions for her collection of the Vagina Monologues.
On March 11 Castleton State College held its own performance of “A Memory, a Monologue, A rant and a Prayer,” which is the sequel to Ensler’s Vagina Monologues.
The performance was sponsored by the Women’s Studies and C.H.A.N.G.E groups at Castleton, and was directed and produced by SaskiaHagen-Groom, who works at Rutland’s Paramount Theater.
“I have done two major productions of the Vagina Monologues at the Paramount for the past two years” said Groom. “But I wanted to do something different this year.”
Although not as famous as the original “Vagina Monologues”, “A Memory, a Monologue, a rant and a Prayer,” has one pretty distinct and intriguing aspect to it – it is the only production by Ensler that allows men to come onstage.
“I love the fact that the men [who were of all ages] were willing to put themselves in a potentially uncomfortable situation–all because it had heart,” said Groom. “To have men was fantastic.”
For the production, author and playwright Eve Ensler collected essays on the subject of violence against women from a group of popular writers and playwrights, including Maya Angelou, Michael Cunningham, Dave Egger, Jane Fonda and the late Howard Zinn.
Each performance invited audience members on an emotional roller coaster, exploring a variety of human emotions.
“It is a very, very heavy and enormously difficult performance to
pull-off,” said Groom.
The collection of monologues featured Maya Angelou’s “women’s work