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Performance addresses topics on violence against women

By James Ratcliff/@JamesR5767

A popular R-rated play will return to the Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus.

After long hours of rehearsals, students will perform The Vagina Monologues at the A&M-San Antonio’s main campus auditorium at 7 p.m. on April 9.

The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, is an episodic play that features female characters of all ages and backgrounds. The subject matter concerns the female body and stories that range from the sexual to the violent. The play is performed worldwide and is a part of the national campaign called V-Day. V-Day is a non-profit organization that uses theatrical performances to raise awareness and funds to end violence against women.

English junior Sabrina San Miguel, center, accompanied by english junior Marla Echeverria, left, and english graduate Jessica Gonzales, right, practice their lines “The Wear and Say.” Photo by Monica Lamadrid
English junior Sabrina San Miguel, center, accompanied by english junior Marla Echeverria, left, and english graduate Jessica Gonzales, right, practice their lines “The Wear and Say.” Photo by Monica Lamadrid

Admission to the play is free, but monetary donations are welcome. This year, all funds raised from the performance will benefit the Family Violence Prevention Service of San Antonio. The Family Violence Prevention Service of San Antonio operates the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter of Bexar County.

“While it is rated R, the subject matter has a lot to do with the struggles women constantly face,” said assistant English professor Ann Bliss. “That said, I encourage everyone to come experience it.”

Though the play has become a tradition to many on campus, the play is also a new experience for English junior Kelly Kearns. Kearns was approached a few weeks ago by her classmates about participating in the play.

“I have no acting experience, so this is a different experience for me,” she said. “I was approached when other cast members complimented my speaking skills in class. As a feminist, I felt compelled to take part in this play.”

For other students, participating in the play isn’t new. English graduate Jessica Gonzales said the cause is worthy and the cause makes it worthwhile.

“As a thespian, I feel that this helps me gain experience in theater and the performing arts. I’ve done some work on stage before,” Gonzales said.

For more info contact Ann Bliss at (210) 784-2216 or email at Ann.Bliss@tamusa.tamus.edu.

About the Author

James Ratcliff
James Ratcliff
James Ratcliff is a senior reporter for The Mesquite. James is a communications major and an English minor. He wrote previously for The Pulse at Palo Alto College. He also has experience covering high school football for different publications. In addition to his work, James is an avid gamer and sports fan.

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