12th Annual Vagina Monologues empower Oxford audience members

OXFORD, GA –Praise filled the lobby of Oxford College’s Tarbutton Theatre following the performances of “The Vagina Monologues” on March 28 and 29. Originally written by Eve Ensler, “The Vagina Monologues” premiered Off Broadway in 1996 before hitting the stage at Oxford College. The play, composed entirely of monologues, has been performed annually at Oxford for 12 years.

This year, Sophomores Gracen Gilmore and Justine Protas directed the play. The show featured a cast of 26 females, including the directors. Laurie Tanjuatco, a cast member, said, “Our goal was to really entertain, touch and connect with everyone in the audience and to show them what it feels like to be a woman. I think it’s important for women to open their eyes to things we often shutout.”

Audience members felt that the directors and the cast succeeded in their goal.

“I think the play makes it easier for women to bring up their concerns about their own bodies in today’s society as well as some of the real problems that women face,” Freshman Malika Shettar, an audience member, said.

Other audience members agreed with Shettar including Morgan Jones. Jones commented, “I enjoyed the play because it was both comical and serious. I’m already looking forward to next year’s performance!”

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