ASCUTNEY, Vt. – World Under Wonder will be presenting a staged reading of Eve Ensler’s master work of empowerment, “The Vagina Monologues” as a V-Day benefit event Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at the World Under Wonder Playhouse in the old Weathersfield Grange Hall that the group is renovating at 5755 Route 5 in Ascutney. Proceeds benefit the local women’s resource group and Planned Parenthood.
For over 20 years, “The Vagina Monologues” has given voice to a deeper consciousness in the conversation around ending violence against women. Based on V-Day founder and playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women, this play and the liberation of this one word, “vagina,” countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. Now, in light of the current Me Too movement, Ensler’s play is being revived by World Under Wonder.
This performance will be directed by Sam Maskell who previously directed a performance of the play at the Bellows Falls Opera House in 2006. In the diverse cast, she has assembled are Marit Bjerkadal, Lucie Bodnar, Susan Brace, Constance Bryan, Angelique Bushway, Sara Ebare, Briaunna Fontaine-Deth, Nicole Gordon, Amy Howlett, Kimm Johnson, Jamie Maloof, Sadie MacDougall, Coral Lydon Ovitt, Amanda Page, Kelci Page, Danielle Peterson, Katy Peterson, Jasmyn Wilkinson, and Mimi Yahn.
Every year, a special edition of “The Vagina Monologues” script is released for V-Day events. Typically, the scripts feature a spotlight monologue. This year, instead of a spotlight monologue, we are invited to amplify the often unheard and excluded voices of survivors, activists, and groups in our communities by creating three community-written testimonies to be performed at the end of the play.
Those seeking ticket and further information can contact World Under Wonder at 603 -381-3344 or find them on Facebook.