This weekend, a longstanding Pacific drama production will return to Tom Miles Theatre.
The Vagina Monologues, written by feminist playwright Eve Ensler, opened thursday at 7:30 p.m.. The show, which has proven popular with college campuses around the globe, has been put on at Pacific every other winter by the Center for Gender Equity. The designer and costume shop manager for Pacific’s theatre department Caitlin Quinn, directs the show this time around.
“The Vagina Monologues is a collection of stories created through interviews that Eve Ensler wrote to open up a discussion about women, their bodies, and in particular, their vaginas,” explained Quinn.
Quinn, who first performed in the monologues two years ago, is grateful for the opportunity to work closely with the women involved in the production. “I had an amazing experience performing (two years ago), but felt that my experience bonding with the other women was a little lacking,” said Quinn. “So I asked Martha Rampton if the next time they did The Vagina Monologues I might be able to direct it.”
Rampton, who heads the CGE, has proven an enormous resource for Quinn. With Rampton and the rest of the CGE to back her up, said Quinn, the show has been much easier to bring to Pacific students.
Above all, Quinn has made the centerpiece of the show the experience of her performers. “I want to give them the experience that I hope that The Vagina Monologues is supposed to bring to a person. That is actually of more importance to me than the audience having that experience.”
The Vagina Monologues will be performed in Tom Miles Theatre at 7:30 pm on Feb. 8, 9 and 10. General admission is $7, while students get in for $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or students can use a Culture Card bought from the Student Senate.