WHAT: The Vagina Monologues, a harrowing and hilarious play about womanhood
WHERE: The Orange Peel
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m.
WHY: The tale of a 70-year-old woman finally learning to masturbate definitely stands out. But that’s just one story contained in The Vagina Monologues’ exploration of womanhood, which also covers gynecological exams, douching and a laundry list of slang terms for what we’ll call the female honey pot. Generally speaking, a cast of locals will highlight “all the weird things we have to go through as women,” according to show organizer, director and actress Allison Taylor.
“The main purpose of the monologues is to raise funds and awareness to combat sexual and domestic violence against women,” Taylor says, citing the United Nations Development Fund for Women’s statistic that one in three women “will be beaten, raped, assaulted, trafficked, harassed or forced to submit to harmful practices.”
“Although there are [stories] that are heart-wrenching,” Taylor says, noting a segment on Bosnian refugees, “the majority of [the play] is hilarious, and it’s also very enlightening — even for women who are more liberal and open-minded. It just puts it out there.”
Activist Eve Ensler’s play includes a standing script, but she adds rotating roles periodically, basing stories on hundreds of interviews with women. The upcoming production will include the playwright’s recent segment on transgender issues. Taylor, the owner of WNC Weddings & Events and Skillful Solutions, LLC, has raised more than $12,000 for local shelters over three years of staging the production. This fourth year’s proceeds go to domestic violence crisis center Helpmate.
“It’s always my mission to get men to come out and attend,” Taylor says. “It’s not at all negative about men in any way. … I think it’s a great show for men to come learn more about the issues that we all face, and again, it’s hilarious.”
Tickets ($25/$35, student discounts available) and more information are at theorangepeel.net.