“If your vagina could talk, what would it say?” In 1994 playwright, activist, and feminist, Eve Ensler began asking women all over the world this question and many others about their personal experiences being a woman. Currently, in the city of Boston nearly 40 volunteer women have come together to tell these stories in the annual production of The Vagina Monologues. Our cast is made up of women of all ages, shapes, colors and backgrounds. We are daughters, sisters, lovers, activists, professionals, quiet, loud, leaders, thinkers, silly, fun, emotional, busy, talented and passionate. We are coming together to make a difference.
Every year, someone hesitantly asks, “Sooooo… what exactly is The Vagina Monologues?” As organizers of the production, we’ve heard all layers of trepidation, intimidation, or casual comments about “spending two hours listening to women discussing the flower-esque layers of their vaginas”.
So, we wanted to take a minute to answer the question: what is The Vagina Monologues?
Think about it: every 2 minutes someone is the victim of sexual or physical violence (1). The Vagina Monologues strives to break the silence this through stories, performance, and entertainment. The movement doesn’t stop there. We encourage community building, awareness and shared resources. Here in Boston, the Boston Community Production of The Vagina Monologues has been organized annually for five years. We have engaged over 100 women in performance and leadership and have had over ten sold-out performances.
The Vagina Monologues is True Stories of Women.
All of the stories in the monologues are based on interviews with real women throughout the world. Some of the stories are amalgams of many interviews, so are one woman’s stories. Like all women, some are hilarious, some are serious, some will make you angry, and many will make you happy.
The Vagina Monologues is a Fundraiser to End Violence against women and girls.
100% of the ticket sales, raffles, bake sales, and all other donations will be split between 3 organizations supporting women and girls in Boston.
- Boston GLOW with a mission of fostering opportunities for women of all ages to become active world leaders, and engaged world citizens
- Young Black Women’s Society established to provide a platform for women and girls of color to further develop their personal, professional and civic lives
- YWCA Boston YWCA Boston is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
- 10% of all donations will go to the VDAY Spotlight - Women and Girls of Haiti
The coolest part is that all of the performers and organizers are volunteers, our space and staging materials are donated, and we spend only a few dollars (literally, under $30) on the performance! Therefore, we can assure you that the money you give is donated!
The Vagina Monologues is an experience
You will laugh. You may cry. You will be angry. You will be confused. You may get a little turned on. You will laugh some more. You will be moved towards action and committed to your part in breaking the silence and supporting the empowerment of women and girls
The Vagina Monologues is for EVERYONE!
This means you, gentleman. The Vagina Monologues is as much for men as it is for women. Primarily, it takes any and all genders to create a movement. But also, you owe it to yourself to know about our moaning.
The Vagina Monologues is something you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!
Every year this performance has sold out, so don’t miss your chance!
March 23, March 24, March 25
YWCA Boston, 140 Clarendon Street, Boston MA
We are also still recruiting volunteers to help by ushering, selling raffle tickets and baked goods and setup/cleanup. If you are interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org!