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One-Night-Only Performance Shares Stories Of Real Women’s Experiences

2/6/2019, noon | Updated on 2/6/2019, noon
An Obie Award-winning production, The Vagina Monologues, will soon be performed at Prairie State College’s Barnes and Noble Theatre, 202 ...
The Vagina Monologues will return to Prairie State College’s Barnes and Noble Theatre, 202 S. Halsted, in Chicago Heights for a one-night-only performance on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

One-Night-Only Performance Shares Stories Of Real Women’s Experiences

BY KATHERINE NEWMAN

An Obie Award-winning production, The Vagina Monologues, will soon be performed at Prairie State College’s Barnes and Noble Theatre, 202 S. Halsted, in Chicago Heights.

The one-night-only performance will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

The Vagina Monologues was written by Eve Ensler about 20 years ago and has been performed on stages across the world by people from all walks of life ever since. The show is a collection of monologues that are based on stories that real women shared with Ensler.

“The monologues are real women’s stories about different experiences that they have had. Some of them are hilarious, some of them are very heartbreaking and hard to hear, some of them could be your story or my story and they are very relatable, some of them are about experiences they’ve had with relationships or sexual assault and abuse, some of them are a little more innocent,” said Marie Goulet, director of The Vagina Monologues production at Prairie State.

The South Suburban production of The Vagina Monologues will feature performances from women that live or work in the south Chicagoland area. The women that are participating in the show are everyday women who work as nurses, mental health care providers, teachers, social service providers, stay at home moms, actresses, bartenders, and writers who had experiences like the ones

that will be shared in the performance and were inspired to create this platform in their community.

“It’s a very empowering show and it opens up a dialogue about things that we don’t talk about. Even just the word vagina, everyone kind of makes a face when we say that word despite the fact that it explains something that half of us have. I think it’s a really important show that ultimately opens up a dialogue in a really smart, humorous, and intelligent way,” said Goulet.

This is the third year that The Vagina Monologues has been performed in the south suburbs and Goulet said she has received great feedback and thinks that the community has very much embraced the show.

“It’s so exciting to get to do this down here. I’ve done it in the city for years and years and it was really important to me as a community member to bring it to the south suburbs,” said Goulet who lives in Homewood. “Having the opportunity to do a show like this down here was really important to me. The first year we did it we got a great response and to be able to now do it for a third year is just so exciting.”

This performance is presented as part of V-Day Chicago, a worldwide fundraising and awareness day with the mission to end violence against women. All proceeds go towards V-Day, South Suburban Family Shelter, and LJW Gives to be used to end violence against women and children.

Tickets are available for $20 at the door on the night of the performance