by Kiana Johnson
In honor of V-Day, the Dominican Drama Club (along with some faculty members and other students) took the stage to present The Vagina Monologues, the Tony Award winning play written by Eve Ensler on February 13th. The Vagina Monologues has been showcased at Dominican almost every year for the last 8 years in order to raise awareness of domestic abuse against women and sexist views cast upon others in our society.
The production is humorous, bold and a bit raunchy with the goal of encouraging audience members to ponder why society is so afraid to discuss issues revolving around female sexuality. The Dominican Drama Club did an excellent job of portraying the wide demographic of characters from all different walks of life. The monologues are of individuals demanding their needs, desires, and expressing their frustrations within their own bodies.
As the only male voice of The Vagina Monologues, Lawrence Yu felt that the production was about “equality between women and men and how women in third-world countries are still looked at as objects instead of as humans.” Yu states his amazement of how, “even in our first world country, we have problems that we have to look at like what feminism actually is.” It was his first time being a part of The Vagina Monologues and he played a transgender who was born male but knew from the start that his assigned genitalia were a mistake.
Lizette Cabrera, student-director of The Vagina Monologues and president of the Drama Club felt the need to be a part of the production because, “bringing awareness would move people to try to make a difference in their everyday lives. Whether it is donating to this cause or even just treating someone else with respect…”
The production was set in place not only to raise awareness of domestic issues at hand, but also to raise money for a Center for Domestic Peace and Community Violence Solutions both Marin which provides struggling and abused women with shelter, counseling, and a new start in life. So far they have been able to raise over $700 to support these organizations.