Though traditionally performed in a proscenium setting with few technical elements, Cornell College’s The Vagina Monologues 2014 was performed as a walking tour. The show was designed to convey the universality of women’s issues and maintain the solidarity of women across the globe while highlighting the intimacy of subjects such as domestic violence and sexual assault.
The production process was a blending of traditional and experimental theatre methods, victim advocacy training, group discussions, and social justice promotion through artistic exercise. The cast and crew were a wide cross section of students (almost 10% of the female-identified students on Cornell’s campus were involved) and community members.
The project’s aim was to raise awareness about violence against women and girls, promote body positivity, and connect to the global movement to empower women everywhere. Emphasis was placed on promoting thoughtful discussion, awareness and growth among cast and crew members through creative expression. This production was sponsored by Student Theatre Council and Third Wave Resource Group.
Caryn Shebowich, ’15
Majors: Chemistry, Individualized: Psychological Well-Being in the Arts
Sponsor: Janeve West