Graduating senior, Courtney A. Walker will be directing this year’s annual Vagina Monologues, a compilation of acts that focus on the feminine experience.
Eve Ensler, a renowned feminist and author, originally created the show and performed every monologue herself, which now has expanded to various stages with many volunteers to perform. According to Vagina Monologues’ Facebook page, “Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm” and more.
Walker was inspired to direct this performance during her freshman year at the University of Rhode Island when she attended the monologues with the women’s group WOWW. In her attendance, she was so moved that a year later, she auditioned to be one of the actors and got the part. Every year after that Walker has performed in the monologues continuing to inspire others just like she once had.
“My hopes for this performance is to show the world that it is not okay to degrade women,” she said. “I want people who have been sexually assaulted to feel more comfortable to talk about it, and to know that they can get help and know that it is in no way their fault for what happened to them.”
Walker explained how she is excited for the audience to see a brand new monologue entitled “My Short Skirt” by a girl who addresses the misconception that just because a girl is wearing a skirt does not mean she is asking to be raped or sexually assaulted. “Maybe she just wants to feel the breeze through her upper thighs,” Walker said.
The Vagina Monologues will consist of serious problems women face, but also comical and lighthearted aspects as well. Walker continued to explain how the monologues will discuss topics such as the angry vagina, how tampons are awful, and much more. The monologues are meant for the audience to learn more about the woman side of life, but also for the audience to have a good time and be more comfortable with terms such as the vagina.
“Getting to meet the women who make up the cast,” is Walker’s favorite part about directing. The cast ranges from staff, graduates and faculty members, some who have not even heard of the Vagina Monologues before, and some who have been Â a part of them for over 10 years.
Since Walker was a freshman she had dreamed of directing the Vagina Monologues and now she is living it. The monologues will be showing in Edwards Auditorium, Thursday Feb. 26 through Saturday Feb. 28 from 8-10 p.m. tickets are $5.