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The Vagina Monologues (an episodic play) at MIT

Based on V-Day founder Eve Ensler's Obie award winning play, The Vagina Monologues explores and celebrates women's sexuality - its delights, pains, actualities, and vulnerabilities. Through intriguing testimonies from real women all around the world, the show has developed into a wonderful phenomenon that peers into women's fantasies and fears.

"Three nights of humor and pathos brought to MIT by students, alumnae, and staff, The Vagina Monologues debuted at the Institute in 2002, making this our twelfth annual production. MIT is proud to be one of a thousand participating colleges and universities staging benefit shows through the V-Day worldwide movement to end violence against women. Please see the V-Day Website at www.vday.org for more information about the international campaign."

Web site: vagina.mit.edu Time: 8:00p–10:00p Location: 32-123 Open to: the general public Cost: $2

Tickets: Student Center booth, vagina.mit.edu

Sponsor(s): ARCADE (Assisting Recurring Cultural Diversity Events), Stop Our Silence, MIT Copytech, Women's and Gender Studies, The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT, Good Vibrations.

For more information, contact: Hannah Schiller[masked] [masked]

How to get there: About a 8-10 min walk from Kendal or Central Sq T (Red Line). Parking is hard but if you are lucky, you may find a spot along Mass Ave. or Main Street between Central Sq and MIT (Due to snow leftovers, street parking is even more limited).

----Post event meetup round table - just outside the auditorium (we do not need to go anywhere.)

After the show, please join us our own reception for a chat at one of the tables right outside the auditorium in the same building. I will bring some soft drinks, cups, and cookies/nuts and put them on the table with a meetup sign. (Alcoholic beverages/wine/beer are not suitable for the place unfortunately.)
You may bring a bit of your favorite something to share if you would like to join in conversation for 30 min. or so.

Kirsch Auditorium is wheelchair accessible.

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  • Njambi

    Loved it, thank you for organizing it. Would have loved to meet everyone afterwards but had another function to get to.....hope to meet y'all at another meet soon.

    February 18, 2013

  • Mariko

    Hi Mary, wish you had joined us for the post play conversation. I guess they were mixing the original scripts by Eve Ensler with some current issues. Women's issues in the core have not changed much since 70's (or even centuries to some extent) although young women these days face additional challenges in addition to ancient sexuality issues. I used to teach gender issues and still main textbooks around tend to be something inspired from 70s. To me the most important thing is that these MIT women are enjoying a lot performing this play - and both performers and audience themselves were identifying themselves with the embarrassing/confusing (or fearful) situations with laughter. And they managed to do that quite well.

    February 17, 2013

  • M L

    there were a few good moments, but mostly seemed like something out of the 40's or 50's. In Cambridge in the early 70's we used to have women's clinics where we sat in a circle examining our cervix and vagina...we had plastic, but professional equipment & speculums and consultation from a young doctor who later became head of Mt. Abn. Ob-gyn. I was impressed by the vagina monologue book Ensler published..but this production seemed quite pre-60's to me. (maybe because we started the lst women's studies program in 1969 and seemed to have more awareness then than the dialogues presented tonite, or maybe my class bias from working class midwest background, but this production was mostly bland with some exceptions.

    February 17, 2013

  • Mariko

    That was a great fun - with serious messages, though. MIT women acted the play very well professionally and we just could not stop laughing laud for two hours. So far they had a full house for the last two performances this weekend. I can see why. A good conversation afterwards with friendly folks as well.

    February 17, 2013

  • MarkS

    Mariko,
    Thank you for the best Meetup I've ever attended! Your kind, inclusive, hosting made it special.
    Mark

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope it's not too late to join and attend tonight's show.

    February 16, 2013

  • M L

    i don't see Betty's photo to click on, but i plan to be there. mlc

    February 15, 2013

  • Mariko

    Hi folks,
    I will be at the door of Kirsch Auditorium at 7:45 pm with name tags. I heard about this play in wbur radio about 6 years ago first time. Now violence/women issues are big things all over the world. The play is timely to understand and support the causes. But the play is more about sexuality - personal expressions of female sexuality, not just violence, as I heard. Try to sit closer to the front so we can hear better. Remember to join in our discussion round table (not just monologues) after the play. I got some soft drinks etc. See you all there tomorrow despite the snow forecast.

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • Rachel

    Still recovering from sinus surgery...

    February 15, 2013

  • Mariko

    Hi Rebecca,
    We try to sit together somehow inside the auditorium for the play, which starts 8 pm, and meet again for a chat afterward. I will ask some of early comers to reserve bunch of seats, if possible. That is the idea. See you there although a bit of snow arrives again on Sat.

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we meeting beforehand to sit together?

    1 · February 14, 2013

  • Mariko

    I just talked to Hannah on the phone and she said you could pay $2 at the door on that day as well. The auditorium can take about 300 people and should not be any problem a/c to her.

    January 25, 2013

  • Daryl C.

    According to their webpage it says: "Tickets will be sold in the Student Center (W20) between 9am and 5pm on 2/4 through 2/8, and 2/11 through 2/13, and 2/15. Tickets will be sold in the Stata Center (building 32) on 2/14 between 9am and 5pm"--does this mean we have to buy the tickets ahead of time at MIT? Thanks!

    January 25, 2013

  • Carmen

    I saw this in BOS once, I think, and so I don't feel the need to see it again.

    January 25, 2013

  • @MaureenManALM

    yes, if schedule opens up!

    January 25, 2013

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