Vagina Monologues: Empowering vagina-owners of all identities


Get ready for fun, honesty and advocacy at Chico State’s Gender and Sexuality Equity Coalition’s rendition of V’s, formerly Eve Ensler’s, “The Vagina Monologues,” at the Rowland Taylor Recital Hall, in PAC 134, on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 2 and 7 p.m.

The creative directors of the project, Shirley Erna Brill, Demondra Martin and Elise the Destroyer, have gathered the performance’s cast: Esperanza Arreola, Lauren Gerson, Adri Long, Olivia Loupe, Gaby Saxon, Haley Thomas, Ilani Welsh-Johnson and Skylar Wondrusch, to “empower vagina-owners of all genders, ages and walks of life, and all identities,” according to Maya Danek, a GSEC intern.

In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022 GSEC’s performances serve as a way for people to be heard.

“Now, more than ever, those impacted need a platform to share their stories and our 2023 production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ is a sign that our voices will not be silenced,” Danek said.

The last time GSEC hosted “The Vagina Monologues” was in 2020, shortly before the start of the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Pre-sale tickets are available at the University Box Office, at $10 for students and $15 for general admission. To purchase online at the box office, there is an $8 convenience charge per order, and at the door, tickets will cost $15.

GSEC does warn that mature and potentially triggering themes will be a part of the performances.

The performances will be benefiting GSEC, Catalyst Domestic Violence Services and Women’s Health Specialists of California

If you have any questions regarding the performances, contact GSEC at 530-898-5724, or email them at [email protected]. Their office can be found in MLIB 171.

V, the creator, originally produced “The Vagina Monologues” in 1994 and based the performance on multiple interviews with women. In 1998, it became a frequent benefit for the V-Day movement.

Ariana Powell can be reached at [email protected].

One of GSEC’s versions of “The Vagina Monologues” poster. The organization created multiple versions of the same poster representing different races. Courtesy GSEC.