Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sign up for a Vagina Monologues audition now!

It's my favorite time of the year: the vaginas are coming. Yes, that's right - auditions for The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler's famous play, start a week from today, and you can sign up for a time right now by clicking on this link. Auditions will be on November 15, 16 and 18 in the Wilcox Blackbox. No preparation is necessary (the audition will be a cold reading) - you just need to show up 10 minutes early. This year's production will be co-directed by Lydia Dallett '12 and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux '11 and produced by Zoe Goldman '11.

The Vagina Monologues is produced every year as part of V-Day, a global consciousness-raising movement about violence against women and girls, and all of the proceeds from Princeton's play go to benefit Womanspace, a women's shelter in Trenton. But the play itself isn't just about violence - the monologues deal with almost everything vagina-related, from sex and love to menstruation and masturbation to rape, orgasm and birth. Anyone can audition - there is no previous acting experience required - and the cast is always a fun, eclectic group of people. It's also a fairly low time commitment, so don't let a busy schedule stop you from trying out!

As a two-year veteran of the show, coming back to co-direct, I can say with total certainty that this play is one of the best things I have done at Princeton. Not only is it a great way to meet wonderful people, try something new, and talk about interesting and crucial issues, it's just a lot of fun. I met some of my best friends through The Vagina Monologues, and each year the play challenges me in new ways.

I highly encourage everyone to audition - and if acting really isn't up your alley, you can always get involved by stage managing or helping with lights, costumes or publicity. If you have any questions (or want to get involved in another way besides acting) please email Zoe at We're looking forward to seeing you there!

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