February 14, 2014 • 0 Comments
By KELVIN KACHINGWE
THE critically acclaimed play The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler is back on stage barely months after having shown at Alliance Francaise in Lusaka although this time it is meant to coincide with Valentine’s Day.
The Monologues will be staged tomorrow at 19:00 hours with charges pegged at K50 ordinary and K30 for students.
“There is nothing more to be said about the Vagina Monologues. You can only experience it! Infact, how else does one spend a Valentine’s weekend if not exploring the wonders and mysteries of female sexuality?” the flyer by the organisers says.
The play, as is the case whenever it has been staged in Lusaka, will feature Sampa Kangwa-Wilkie and Frieda Karipi.
Yes, Valentine’s Day may be associated with romantic love since the 18th century, but the Vagina Monologues is a play first staged by Eve at Broadway Theatre in New York in 1996.
In the play, the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters of sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, organism and the physical aspect of the body.
It began as a one-woman show, a series of character-driven pieces, almost like poetry, each revealing a different woman’s experience with topics such as sex, love, tenderness, embarrassment, cruelty, pain and pleasure.
As the show increased in popularity, it began to be performed by an ensemble of actresses. Politically active theatres and college campuses began producing the Monologues, all of which helped to launch a global movement known as V-Day, whose participants stage benefit performances around the world between February 1 and April 30.
The performances benefit rape crisis centres and shelters for women as well as similar resource centres for women while during the rest of the year, they are performed in thousands of communities and colleges worldwide.
Still, it continues to stir sometimes emotive debates!
“Ensler’s monologues are based on interviews with women of different ages and nationalities; but this is not, I repeat not, a salacious show. It has the kind of erotic intelligence that goes with a mature, open emotional life.
“It is about being a sexual being who can afford to be demanding and proud. When Ensler talks about gang-raped Bosnian women, she is talking about an assault on their pride. Sex is both your identity and your happiness, and Ensler celebrates it like a laughing princess,” a review wrote in the UK’s Standard Evening, says.