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The Vagina Monologues Benefit Nearby Organizations.

Credit: Tracy Medsker

Photo credit: Tracy Medsker

Credit: Tracy Medsker
Written by: Communicator StaffMarch 06, 2015

Written By: Tracy Medsker

The Vagina Monologues production had its opening night on Friday, Feb. 27. While the first production of The Vagina Monologues was created in 1996, this is the second year that is has been held at IPFW.

This is the second year where Campus Feminists in Solidarity (CFS) and Women’s Studies Program (WOST) have combined forces to put a production together. The production had four sponsors: Fort Wayne Center for Non-Violence, CFS, IPFW Voices of Choice and WOST.

Caitlyn Smith expresses that the center for Non-Violence is a “really good organization” that helps victims to avoid abuse. Smith, president of CFS, said that their main focus is to raise awareness of women’s studies in general. This is their second year supporting Center for Non-Violence, which all ticket sales will benefit.

The production helps to raise awareness on how women are treated in society. Each cast member presented different situations to an audience and how they have been a survivor. One of the situations involved “rape” and how they were able to overcome it. The continuous theme throughout the production is that the vagina is a tool of female empowerment.

“Every woman who auditions gets a part,” cast member, Robin James said.

21-year-old cast member, Elli Hernandez, expressed how opening night was a huge success. She was worried about dress rehearsal though, because that was the first time that each cast member met one another. Almost all of their rehearsals consisted of being one-on-one with the director. Another cast member almost walked out when it wasn’t their turn to do so, but they were able to be pulled back behind the curtain just in time.

“A lot of coughing also happened backstage and we were hoping that no one heard it,” Hernandez said.

The Center for Non-Violence organization was founded thirty-four years ago. They serve English, Spanish and Burmese families. They offer absolutely no cost to support groups in order to make it an ideal place for women to talk about what’s been bothering them.

They also support gay student teenagers and help people from other countries work on their visas that way they can stay in the country.

James, senior coordinator of men’s program said, “The Fort Wayne Center for Non-Violence is the only certified battered program that always puts families first.”

All of their services are for men, women, and children on both sides of violence and harmful relationships. For more information about the center, call (260) 456-4112.

Celina Hayslett, had friends in the play and she noticed a “huge improvement,” after seeing the rehearsals the night before. She said how it is nice to believe in the same issues that they can all fight for as a team.