Nineteen Beloit College women will take to the stage Friday and Saturday night (March 25-26) at 8 p.m. in Wilson Theatre to perform The Vagina Monologues, by Even Ensler.
The monologues—not so much a theatrical show or play as reading, meant to give voice to women silenced around the world—are part of a greater organization, V-Day. V-Day is a global movement meant to stop violence against women, and in order to raise awareness, The Vagina Monologues are performed on campuses, in classrooms, and on professional stages around the world each February through April. Beloit College has been participating for at least 11 years.
“When the lights illuminate the stage on Friday, I know that I will not be able to contain my pride in being a Beloiter,” says Lori Rhoades’11, an organizer of this year’s event. “It has truly been an honor working with the Beloit campus, the cast and crew, and faculty on this production.” Rhoades estimates nearly two dozen Beloiters are involved in some way with this year’s production. The monologues include topics such as hair, relationships, gender norms, childhood memories and domestic violence.
“I guarantee that you will enjoy your 90 minutes—it is truly a must see,” Rhoades says.
This year, the event will also recognize women who have dedicated their professional and personal lives to empowering women through academics, volunteering, outreach, and literature. This year’s winners are Beloit professors Suzanne Cox, Debra Majeed, and Laura Parmentier.
Tickets to the event are available at the door, and will cost $4. Ten percent of proceeds will go to the V-Day Campaign, and 90 percent will go to the Sexual Assault Recovery Program in Beloit.