THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

A socially distanced staged reading for charity

Written by Eve Ensler

 

WHEN & WHERE:

 

September 20, 2020

 

Laci’s Tappas Bar & Grill, Syracuse, NY

 

Presented by ACR Health & The Paul

Robeson Performing Arts Company

 

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Directors – Martikah Williams & Jordan

Westfall

 

Sound – John King & Jeff Unaitis

 

CAST: 

OPENING & LISTS

Tammy Wilkinson, Kate Crawford & Nadia Ingram

 

HAIR & RECLAIMING CUNT

Karin Jean Leary

 

THE FLOOD

Lorraine Grande

 

THE VAGINA WORKSHOP

Jesse Pardee

 

VAGINA FACTS

Natasia White

 

BECAUSE HE LIKED TO LOOK AT IT

Karin Franklin-King

 

CROOKED BRAID

Tati Villegas

 

MY VAGINA WAS MY VILLAGE

Lauren Sageer

 

MY ANGRY VAGINA

Mookey Van Orden

 

THE LITTLE COOCHIE SNORCHER WHO COULD

Alice Queen Olom

 

I WAS THERE IN THE ROOM

Anne Fitzgerald

 

THE WOMAN WHO LOVED TO MAKE VAGINAS HAPPY

Moe Harrington

INTRODUCTIONS & WARRIOR STATEMENT

Martikah Williams

 

 

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OVERVIEW:

Upon arriving back in Syracuse, I was asked to direct this iconic piece of theatre as a fundraiser for two amazing organizations: ACR Health & The Paul Robeson PAC. Being that I’m a man, I was of course trepidatious – but having loved the show since college, as well as the desire to spark change, I inevitably (and ecstatically) agreed. But with two firm conditions: I needed at least one female codirector, and the cast needed to be diverse. Thankfully, with the help of the brilliant Martikah Williams, I was able to secure both.

 

We had less than three weeks of rehearsals, no tech whatsoever, and a myriad of rules to follow in accordance with the city of Syracuse: masks were worn whenever the actors were off stage and/or not speaking; hand sanitizer was readily available; our actors and  audiences were spaced six feet apart; and the actors used their own personal windscreens when using the four microphones.

 

All in all, it was both a challenge and pleasure to create live theatre amidst a global pandemic. Likewise, it was a distinctive pleasure to help share these timely, powerful stories, especially as a man – and especially in such a time of unwavering loss and uncertainty. It is my sincere hope that Ms. Ensler’s next addition to this show is a piece surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.