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home : columnists : columnists April 27, 2017

2/17/2017 4:00:00 AM
V-Day political theater is raising awareness
Photo providedPrevail’s cast of “Vagina Monologues” gather during rehearsals for the political theater production, which is tonight and Saturday at Logan Street Sanctuary in Noblesville.
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Prevail’s cast of “Vagina Monologues” gather during rehearsals for the political theater production, which is tonight and Saturday at Logan Street Sanctuary in Noblesville.

By Betsy Reason

Just saying the word, "vagina," makes some people uncomfortable.

Like it does right now, as you're reading this. As I'm writing this.

But that's OK.

The idea for this column isn't to shock but to bring awareness to V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls.

One of those conscious-raising events is the "Vagina Monologues," an episode play written by Eve Ensler and performed off Broadway more than 20 years ago.

Tonight and Saturday, readings from the play bring political theater to Logan Street Sanctuary in Old Town Noblesville. It's the fourth year for the fundraiser that benefits Prevail, a victims-assistance nonprofit in Hamilton County that serves nearly 3,000 victims of crime each year.

The Monologues political theater is testimonial of women's experiences on their journeys surrounding abuse and violence. Last night's show was sold out with a limited number of $20 tickets still available for 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday.

In its first year in Noblesville, the play was called the "V Monologues," I'm told, "just because we couldn't bring ourselves to say it," said Natasha Robinson, Prevail's event and marketing coordinator.

The play uses words that "not everybody wants to hear," she said. Besides "vagina," the play mentions just about every nickname from the urban dictionary for the female sex organ.

Noblesville High School drama department's Greg Richards is directing the show, which features volunteer cast members who live and work here in the county. Richards has readers choose the readings that they want to read and has rehearsals. The play is presented with the house being dark and only stage lights, like any play.

The 90-minute program is a national reading, and the 17 stories are all real.

"The staff at Prevail fulfill an important mission for our community, and being a part of that mission is an honor for me," Richards said. "The women who come from a number of communities to be part of this year's production have brought much talent and much laughter to every rehearsal. I have loved working with them and admire each and every one of them."

The Monologues become even more well-received every year. While women make up the audience, there are a few men who attend.

Robinson said, "Vagina is not a dirty word." But she notes to those who attend, "You have to be comfortable, at least, hearing those words."

She said, the political theater is "more of an empowering movement" to raise awareness, and is "very important for women, fathers who have daughters, men who have wives. It's important to know the inside workings of women and what they deal with every day."

She said, "Every woman should experience this play once in their life."

Visit https://prevailinc.com/ or call (317) 773-6942.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.

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