Vagina Monologues opens to full house

The cast for the play, 'The Vagina Monologues', besides a few that were missing for various reasons, rehearse for the first time together to block with a set on Sunday morning, February 1. Photo by Rachel Johnson

Cast members for the play, ‘The Vagina Monologues’ rehearse for the first time together to block with a set  Feb. 1. Photo by Rachel Johnson

About 120 people attended MSU Theater’s production of The Vagina Monologues Feb. 13-14 in the Fain Fine Arts Center Theater. The Friday night show sold out and extra chairs were brought in to accommodate additional audience members.

The play featured nine monologues delivered by an all-female cast covering various topics relevant to womanhood.

“I actually don’t know the topic so this will be a first experience,” said Micayla Brown, art senior.

Brown was part of a group of students who attended the show as part of a class.

“Our modern and contemporary class is coming to listen to the Vagina Monologues and then we’re going to go over a feminist session later,” Brown said.

Ellanor Collins, theater freshman who also performed in the play, was happy with how the production went.

“I’m really glad that they reacted so well,” Collins said. “They laughed and you could hear them say ‘Ouch,’ or ‘Yes!’ They were getting involved because they related. I’m surprised at how many male laughs I heard.”

Collins was surprised by the outcome of the play, but in a different way than some audience members.

“It’s not at all what I thought it would be and some of the monologues when I read them in my head sounded so different when other people read them,” Collins said. “I thought that no one would come. I thought that everyone would think it was stupid. But then we over-sold.”

Collins said that although she has always considered herself a feminist, the play had affected her personally.

“Now I’m just like, ‘Thank God I’m a woman,'” Collins said.  “There’s so much awesomeness to my anatomy.”