Director of Vagina Monologues Hopes to Facilitate Conversation on Campus

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Performers in the Vagina Monologues.  Photo by Iris Sullivan.

By Patrick Larsen

Emily Ciuffetelli, senior at Elon, wants you to educate yourself by attending the Vagina Monologues.

Ciuffetelli is directing this year’s Monologues, a constantly growing and changing play originally written by Eve Ensler.

The play is composed of several monologues, each based on an interview in which a woman describes an aspect of the feminine experience which has effected her life.

Ensler was recognized for contribution to a humanitarian effort at the 2011 Tony Awards,  receiving the Isabelle Stevenson Award.

“It’s kind of a unique thing because it explores what we share as womanhood together,” said Ciuffetelli, “the bad ends of that and kind of the good too.”

“I think the Vagina Monologues is important period, especially on college campuses.” said Ciuffetelli.  “It’s kind of a topic that’s relatively new to media in our culture, but especially this year in particular with everything going on with women’s rights and the political environment, I feel it’s something that needs to be talked about.”

Ciuffetelli also feels that the play is important specifically to Elon University.

“There is sexual harassment and there is rape,” she said, “and there are all of these different things that do happen here and aren’t necessarily always talked about… it’s something you need to educate people about.”

The Vagina Monologues will be performed on February 14 at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Whitley Auditorium.  Tickets are $5.  All ticket sales will go to CrossRoads of Adamance County, which serves victims of sexual assault and trauma.

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