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Swift Current Vagina Monologues’ auditions a success

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Swift Current Vagina Monologues’ auditions a success
By Jessi Gowan — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Creative women in the southwest have the opportunity to express themselves through theatre and do their part to help end violence against men, women, and children at Swift Current’s V-Day celebrations at the Lyric Theatre in March and April.

Auditions for both the well-known Vagina Monologues and a newer piece entitled A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer: Writings to End Violence Against Women and Girls were held Dec. 18, and drew more than dozen women who were interested in helping with the productions.
“There were lots of women, from ages 19 to 65,” explained organizer Christine Ciona. “We will be having at least 15 women in the show, with lots more who are interested in volunteering backstage, as well as doing promotion and stuff like that. It was so nice to see so many women come out for this.”
Although Ciona had not planned to present both pieces to the public, the group did a read through of the two acts and decided to go ahead and perform both. That way, more women have the opportunity to participate, and even men are welcome to come out and help with the productions.
“Anyone who wants to be a part of this can come out, you don’t need to get up on stage,” Ciona said. “We know there are men in the community that want to be a part of ending violence — men who have witnessed it as children, or are in relationships with people who have witnessed violence.”
The new piece, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer: Writings to End Violence Against Women and Girls, features writing by internationally-renowned male writers, so Ciona is hoping some men step up and want to be a part of the production.
“We will be doing two separate productions, and the second one will be more of a dramatic reading, where no one needs to actually memorize a part,” she added. “It’s all really good writing, and the women who came out to the auditions are so passionate about it and ready to go to a tender, vulnerable place to speak about power and opening people up.”
Ciona’s hope is the performances inspire people to come together and be a part of social action, however they are moved by the show. All of the money raised at the performances will be donated to Southwest Crisis Services.
“Sometimes when we hear about big issues, we think ‘how can I possibly change this giant machine?’” said Ciona. “But just by coming to the shows, you are — the money for your ticket helps make a difference in lives of men women and children who face violence. Everyone who walks through the door takes a step to end violence, and then you can just keep going.”
Information will be available at the shows, offering an opportunity for community partners to connect with people about violence. Resources will be made available for people who are needing help, or know someone who is.
“It will just be a great evening to be with your friends and see a piece of theatre performed by local women,” Ciona noted. “It breaks down barriers for both the actor and the audience...”
The Vagina Monologues will be performed on March 9 and 10 at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current. An announcement will be made at that time regarding the April performance of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer. Rehearsals for both pieces begin Jan. 15, and anyone still interested in getting involved can contact Christine at 306-774-6478.

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