Two women who have never met are performing in this year’s bilingual production of “The Vagina Monologues” for the same reason: to encourage women to embrace their bodies.
“Don’t be afraid to say the word ‘vagina’ anymore!” said junior Ashleigh Curry, the narrator in the English production of Eve Ensler’s famous play.
The show is a series of monologues based on anonymous interviews conducted by Ensler in the 1990s.
Curry said she had never seen the show before she decided to audition for it in November.
“When I saw the call for auditions, I was like, ‘What better way to go see it than to be in it and perform?’” Curry said.
Freshman Laura Brache said she decided to audition for “Los Monologos de la Vagina” — the Spanish version of the show — because she was enticed by the play’s controversial content.
“It sounds like it’s specifically about Latinas and it is, but it’s also a symbol for female awareness and recognizing our value,” said Brache, who will be introducing the show and performing a Spanish monologue called, “Porque le gustaba verla,” or, “Because he liked to look at it.”
Both Curry and Brache will have their acting debut in this weekend’s performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” which will be performed Saturday and Sunday.
Because of inclement weather and UNC canceling classes, both Spanish and English shows Friday night have been canceled.