The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler is a poignant and witty collection of informal interviews, stories, and experiences related by women from all different walks of life celebrating female sexuality and bringing to light sexual violence against women.
The book is hilarious, entertaining, poetic, at times jaw-dropping, and admonishing. As an unexpected success, The Vagina Monologues has evolved into a play that is performed in cities across America and on hundreds of college campuses. Although this compilation of stories grew to become very successful performances nationwide, Eve Ensler admits that the idea of its success is not something she ever imagined. In her words,” I was never a performer. It did not occur to me that I was actually performing the Vagina Monologues until I had been doing it for about three years. Before this point, I felt as if I were telling very personal stories that had been generously told to me.”
The brilliant winner of the Obie Award, The Vagina Monologues has inspired the creation of V-day, a dynamic grassroots movement to stop violence against women worldwide. V-day creates awareness through events and the media and also raises funds (over $90 million so far) to support organizations working to ensure the safety of women everywhere. A big rally is held every Valentine’s day in cities worldwide. The vision of V-day is a civilization where women live in freedom and safety. V-day will continue until all the violence ends. When it does end, V-day will be renamed “Victory Day.”
I recommend The Vagina Monologues to anyone in search of understanding female sexuality, the plight of women, and the unnecessary violence perpetuated towards women. I especially recommend this piece of literature to those who are afraid to read this book (perhaps by the title alone you have preconceived notions about the book; if that is the case, you especially need to read it or view a performance). And, of course, I recommend this book to the feminist or student exploring feminist politics and women’s issues. You will not be disappointed!
The Vagina Monologues will be performed in Denver at the Mercury Café on February 25th, 26th, and 28th. Tickets are only $10.00. The volunteer actresses do not receive compensation and all money is raised for organizations helping to end violence against women.
To purchase your seat, please visit EventBrite.com.
A bit about the author, Eve Ensler:
Eve Ensler is a stand-alone visionary. She is an international bestselling author and an award-winning playwright.
In addition to The Vagina Monologues, her theatrical works include Necessary Targets and The Good Bodies. She is the author of Insecure at Last, a political memoir, and I Am an Emotional Creature, a New York Times best-seller, and In the Body of the World, her latest brilliant work.
Eve Ensler has won numerous awards for her plays and has been given two honorary doctorates. Eve’s mission is to end all violence towards women and girls worldwide. To join Eve in her mission, to learn more about this incredible woman, or to purchase a copy of The Vagina Monologues, visit EveEnsler.org.