As a curious first-year, I ventured alone to a little show I had seen advertised around campus. Before the show started I was excited and even a little nervous. I had heard of “The Vagina Monologues” but had no idea what exactly it was about. Women empowerment? Funny sex jokes? Basic female anatomy? It turned out it was all of the above and while sitting alone in the back of the CFL Recital Hall I laughed, cringed, and cried knowing I needed to be a part of this show. Now as a senior, this is my second year as director and I couldn’t be more excited for our show this year. Nineteen women including myself are involved in this year’s production. While the monologues in the show remain the same each year, our array of personalities and life experiences as women bring a brand new feel to each performance. As the chaos of our current climate regarding women continues, coming to see this show is more important than ever! But the thing is, I end up saying this every year. In reality, it will ALWAYS be important to come and see this show to better understand and relate to all the crazy, horrible, and amazing things women go through. If you’re even a little curious, as I was my first year at Luther, I encourage you to check it out. Performances are in Jewel Theater, Center for the ArtsThursday, February 22nd at 7 p.m.Friday, February 23rd at 7 p.m. Saturday, February 24th at 3 p.m. Tickets to the performance are $5 and are available at the Luther College Box Office. We are also selling at the door. Proceeds from Luther’s productions will be allocated locally to Helping Services for Youth and Families, a Decorah based organization working to encourage health and safety for families and communities, and nationally to the One Billion Rising: Revolution campaign. One Billion Rising is the largest mass action to end violence against women, first launched in 2012. The cast and crew of “The Vagina Monologues” stand in solidarity with the campaign for women and gender rights everywhere.
Hope to see you there, Sam Tollefson ‘18