An annual tradition returns to Oxford College this March as the theater department prepares their women-empowering play "The Vagina Monologues."
The play is a part of a national movement, V-Day, where activists, high schoolers, colleges and communities take part in raising awareness about violence against women and girls, and also raises funds to help support local organizations that are working to end violence.
The monologues were created by the V-Day founder, Eve Ensler. In the 90s she collected more than 200 interviews with women. Her goal was to celebrate woman's sexuality and strength through humor and grace.
Although this award-winning play has its funny moments, controversial topics are presented. The play does address women's health, rape awareness, violence and the importance of women embracing all that they are.
The play involves minimal lighting, costumes and stage. This way, the testimonies are presented in a more vulnerable sense that the audience can better connect to.
Kelsey Taylor, a sophomore at Oxford College, joined this play because she is very interested in women's issues and rights. "This issue is very important to me. I consider myself a feminist.
"I think that woman's rights is something that gets brushed under the rug because people feel like it's been fought and it's over."
When asked about the play's controversial topics Taylor noted, "It is kind of an uncomfortable show for some people, but I think it's worthwhile and important."
Taylor also noted that the community should come into the play with an open mind. "It is something that one should give time and thought to. You don't have to change your opinions, but it's worth it to come and see."
Katie Donovan, an Oxford College freshman also participating in the spring play, expanded on its importance, "I think that learning tolerance and acceptance is important for any community.
"I think it's empowering, you can talk about issues that no one wants to talk about," 18-year-old Donovan added.
Donovan also believes that it is best that the college is putting on the play because, "It is a controversy so it is important to know what the younger generation thinks because we will grow up to be the dominant thought."
Oxford College has been putting on "The Vagina Monologues" for about 10 years. The play has encountered immense success among its audiences during this time and has now become an Oxford theater tradition.
The play, directed by Katherine Kenreich and India Duranthon, is completely student run.
Aside from studying for midterms and participating in other college activities, these students have been rehearsing for weeks in order to express fully the power of being a woman.
Due to the topics presented in the play, it is recommended for an 18 and over audience.
The show premieres on Thursday, March 29, and Friday, March 30, at the Tarbutton Theater at Oxford College. The times are TBA.
Tickets are $5 and all proceeds go to a local domestic violence shelter in Atlanta.