WHEN: 7:30 p.m., February 5, 6, 7
WHERE: Blackthorn Pizza & Pub, 510 S. Joplin Ave.
ADMISSION: Cash donations at the door. All proceeds benefit The Lafayette House.
The Vagina Monologues are coming to Joplin!
A new Joplin-based theater company called Studio 124 has partnered with Dream Theater Co. to host performances at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5, 6, and 7 at Blackthorn Pizza and Pub, 510 S. Joplin Ave.
The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play by Eve Ensler that premiered in 1996. Comprising several monologues, each depicts a different aspect of life commonly experienced by people with vaginas. It premiered at the HERE Arts Center in New York City followed by an off-Broadway run at the Westside Theatre. Ensler originally performed each of the monologues herself, but it quickly became a hit, going from off-off-Broadway to a sold out performance at Madison Square Garden. The Vagina Monologues has had an enduring presence on college campuses and in community theaters ever since.
Marilyn Marshall, the producer for the Studio 124 production, said a community performance of the monologues is long overdue.
“We wanted to bring other perspectives into the community and share something with them that was relatable,” she said. “There’s something in the Vagina Monologues for everyone, so we felt inspired to share these characters’ stories with the community.”
It is directed by Briana Blair and features a cast of 12 actors. The play will follow the original 1996 script, but Marshall said every production of The Vagina Monologues is unique and open to the creative interpretation of each director.
“The Vagina Monologues are about how a woman’s body belongs to her and her alone, and she should not be ashamed about her body or how it looks,” Marshall said.
“A woman will experience many things in a lifetime specifically involving her body such as puberty, menstruation, sex, and childbirth. Those are all things that are covered in these monologues. Some of the characters talk about domestic violence, physical abuse, rape, sex slavery, as well as some issues regarding gender and gender transition. Mainly, it’s a celebration of women and their bodies. Just as in life, each character brings different emotions. There’s laughter, pain, tears, anger, realizations, resilience, but there’s a lot of humor and a whole lot of unity.”
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