UCSB students will celebrate the global V-Day Movement (‘V’ for Victory, Valentine and Vagina) today and tomorrow with the Women’s Ensemble Theater Troupe’s 13th annual production of “The Vagina Monologues.”
The performance starts at 8 p.m. in Campbell Hall and features 20 different acts that address taboos and misconceptions about sex and genitalia. Students will also assemble today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Corwin Pavilion in support of global organizations dedicated to stopping violence against women.
According to WETT Vice President Laurel Phelps, one of the “Monologues’” objectives is to advocate against society’s general fear of the word “vagina.” Although women are more familiar with the issue, Phelps said she encourages men to attend the play. The event also offers a T-Shirt sale, “vag-jewelry” making station and food giveaway.
“Sometimes there are more men than women — I suspect mainly from curiosity,” Phelps said. “We try and advertise equally to both men and women because often men don’t think the play is open to them. There’s such a stigma around the word “vagina” —that it’s only for women. But we’re trying hard to break that.”
A part of WETT’s production will honor the 38th anniversary of the historical Roe v. Wade pro-choice abortion ruling. Each year, “The Vagina Monologues” author Eve Ensler donates 10 percent of the play’s proceeds to a women’s focus group of her choice.
One-tenth of this year’s earnings will aid women and children in Haiti. The remaining 90 percent of proceeds are distributed to local organizations at the discretion of individual production members. Phelps said the WETT crew has chosen to donate to the Domestic Violence Solutions and Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.
Tickets for the “Monologues” will be sold for $10 at the door.