The Tribe: Just in case some of the reading audience doesn’t already know what The Vagina Monologues is, can you give a little background information and summary?
Sadie Hochfield (director): The Vagina Monologues is an award-winning play based on V-DayFounder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humour and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. For more than a decade, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls.
The Tribe: So why are you putting on The Vagina Monologues? What do you think it means in today’s world, in today’s St Andrews?
Becca Schwarz (cast member): The glass ceiling isn’t shattered. Most people need to know about these issues. We call it ‘The Bubble’, but there are important issues from outside The Bubble that need our attention.
Katie O’Donnell (cast member): No one here talks about vaginas! We’re comfortable talking about genocide but not vaginas. People cringe when they hear the word, but it is an essential part of the body for a majority of the student body.
The Tribe: What do you think attracts people—both the cast and crew—to The Vagina Monologues as a way to perform? Why did you want to put it on, and why do you think actors want to get involved with the project?
Katie O’Donnell: It’s a performance for people who aren’t actors. It’s open to everyone!
Becca Schwarz: It wasn’t just a part that I wanted, I wanted to be a part of it to join the campaign.
The Tribe: What makes this year’s version of The Vagina Monologues unique? Why should we go out and see it?
Ane Singleton (producer): For the last two years it has been performed in the Buchanan. This year, we are switching it up by having it in Venue 1 and performing it promenade style–the people will walk between four different stages. We have also changed the color scheme from black with red details to red, coral, and pink. We have done all of this to hopefully make it more interactive and intimate for the audience.
The Tribe: I understand that the money raised from ticket sales will go to Fife Women’s Aid. What exactly do they do, and why did you choose this particular organization?
Ane Singleton: The V-Day Foundation, which was started by Eve Ensler, states that the money has to go to a local organization that works to prevent violence against women; Fife Women’s Aid does just that and more! If you want to know more about the organization, there will be a talk on Wednesday (more information here).
Interview conducted by: Emily Grant
Photo credits: FemSoc & V-Day St Andrews