The Rhythm Hut will be host to The Vagina Monologues this February; a powerful political play that celebrates vaginas and their magic, bemoans the state of women’s rights and sexual violence in the world, and highlights the importance of ALL women.
The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humour and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength.
Karen Ratcliff from About The Central Coast interviewed director Rose Cooper about the upcoming production. Here’s a snippet of the interview…
Director Rose Cooper and I both appeared in a production of “The Vagina Monologues” when it was first performed on the Coast ten years ago, so I was thrilled to have an opportunity to ask her a few questions about her involvement with the VDAY movement, and her vision for the new show.
How did you first learn about the VDay movement, why do you think it’s important, what do you think have been its most important achievements to date, and what does it mean to you, personally?
I had already heard of the play “The Vagina Monologues” when it first came out in NYC, but it wasn’t until my friend Darlene decided to head up her own VDay campaign that I knew it existed. I can’t picture one without the other now. “The Vagina Monologues” – as a piece – changed with the focus on worldwide events. VDay is important because it is constantly evolving and changing every year – continually seeking out instances of violence and exploitation. For instance, had the 2008 campaign not shone a spotlight on the victims of violence in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the US, I would not have contemplated that there would be such a prevalence of sexual assault in gymnasiums and schools where people were taking refuge. This is goddamned awful – that an already bad situation could possibly be seen as an opportunity for sexual assault. A few years ago, the offshoot “One Billion Rising” came about where ‘flashmobs’ happen worldwide to dance in protest against violence. It’s such an accessible and simple but powerfully effective piece of activism – and one in which men, women and children can all become involved.