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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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Hosted by the Women’s Resource Center, “The Vagina Monologues” will share real stories of women’s experiences with their bodies and sexuality on Thursday evening.  | Courtesy of Beverly McPhail

The Women’s Resource Center will present “The Vagina Monologues” on Thursday at the UC Auditorium. This will be the fourth year the organization hosts the theatrical production.

The monologues are based on interviews with real women conducted by activist and playwright Eve Ensler. WRC director Beverly McPhail said the performance is important, as many women are still uncomfortable with their bodies and sexualities.

“This performance is very inspiring and starts an important conversation and shares a range of women’s experiences with their bodies,” McPhail said.

The performance will be directed by April Richard, who performed in the first production at UH and also directed the first three. The interviews vary from sexual assault to gender-based violence, and students will perform these topics.

WRC program coordinator Malkia Hutchinson said the interviews are a great entry point to sensitive subjects that can be difficult to discuss because of their density.

“(Ensler) weaves the stories together really well even though they touch on a subject matter that’s serious,” Hutchinson said. “I think the fact that productions of Vagina Monologues often select different monologues from year to year offers something refreshing for each production.”

The performance will start at 7 p.m., and tickets go on sale before the showing.

Hutchinson hopes students attend the event with a sense of pride for their bodies and will not be ashamed of who they are.

“I hope this is a stepping stone for students who wish to explore various aspects of themselves, their sexuality, what excites them sexually, healing from past sexual trauma and embracing all that their bodies are capable of,” Hutchinson said.

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