The “Vagina Memoirs,” a theater production dedicated to discussing issues of gender, power, oppression and violence, will hold auditions Nov. 7-9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Academic Instructional Center 206.
The performance is designed to explore the intersections of all facets of identity, Associated Students Women’s Center Coordinator Kimberly Absher said.
The Women’s Center’s open casting call is inclusive to anyone marginalized by their gender.
This includes transgender people, female-identified people and also people who do not identify with a gender, Absher said.
Western originally performed the “Vagina Monologues,” a production written by Eve Ensler, but the Women’s Center altered the production in order to make the “Memoirs” a platform of expression for people to share their stories instead of reiteration of the original play, Absher said.
“Folks get to create their own story,” Absher said. “[The memoirs] are really young, relevant and whatever people want to talk about.”
Following the auditions, a maximum of 15 performers will be chosen. The participants will rehearse for three hours every Sunday until the performance, Absher said.
“They will slowly go through this process together,” Absher said.
Women’s Center Assistant Coordinator Sasha Parsley will facilitate these meetings with two additional facilitators from the community.
Their job is to create a safe space for participants to craft their memoirs, Absher said.
“It is really crucial that it is a beyond-safe place,” Absher said. “It’s very emotional. People are talking about abuse issues, body image issues, not fitting into gender binaries — anything and everything.”
Labryinth Coordinator and Women’s Center support staff Taneum Bambrick said she hopes the cast will include some people who have not participated in previous performances.
“I think it’s important to share the experience with as many people as possible,” Bambrick said.
The “Vagina Memoirs” gives people a chance to explore issues that are not normally discussed, which is the performance’s most important feature, Absher said.