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Vagina Monologues’ tryouts held on Monday

By Carlos Mayorga

After a one-year absence, “The Vagina Monologues,” a production raising awareness for women’s issues, will return to the U.

The student government Presenter’s Office will host the production in late January.

The ASUU Presenter’s Office is seeking students to participate in the performance and will host tryouts on Monday.

“Students can create their own monologue, or they can read from the script (of the original play),” said Amanda Mecham, director of Presenter’s Office.

Personal monologues will be weaved into the monologues from the original play, making it a reflection of women in Utah.

“The Vagina Monologues,” a play written by Eve Ensler, focuses on women who share their stories and experiences about their vaginas and about being women.

The play features monologues about women going through puberty who are exploring their vaginas and women who have ignored their vaginas for years and are now discovering them. The play also tackles social problems such as rape and violence against women.

The play is meant to be a humorous production that undertakes serious issues based on Ensler’s interviews with hundreds of women. It has been embraced and performed in countries all over the world since its first run in the mid-1990s.

Ensler started “V-Day” in the late 1990s in response to the popularity of the play as a day to demand a stop to violence against women. It centers around Valentine’s Day and is recognized by student organizations on college campuses around the nation.

The performance will be held on Jan. 25 in the Union Ballroom.

The show was previously held at Kingsbury Hall, but the Presenter’s Office “decided to have it in the Union to give the performance a more personal feel,” Mecham said.

Tryouts for “The Vagina Monologues” will be held Monday at 6 p.m. in the Union, Parlor A. Students can sign up for the performance in Union Room 234.

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