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Grace Stafford, Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Women’s Center recently concluded the auditions for the 2016 performance of The Vagina Monologues. The coming spring semester will mark the eighth consecutive year the piece has been performed at UTC and is director, Harlee Milligan’s fourth year working on the play.

Written by Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues originally premiered in 1996 at the Off Broadway Westside Theatre. This play has been performed at a variety of locations internationally since its debut and has encouraged awareness for the realities that women face.

“The play gives a voice to women whose stories are normally are silenced,” says Harlee Milligan, a UTC senior and Chattanooga native, who hopes the audience gains a better understanding of women’s lives and perspectives.

The Vagina Monologues is comprised of monologues read by women discussing aspects of the feminine experience, particularly those that are considered taboo in modern society.

While Eve Ensler originally wrote the play as a celebration of femininity and individualism, over time it has additionally developed to being a cornerstone in the V-Day movement to end violence against women.

V-Day takes place annually throughout the month of February, and The Women Center’s production of The Vagina Monologues will be performed during February 2016 as part of this movement.
Harlee Milligan blindly joined the production her first year as assistant director and is glad to return for her fourth year as director.

The Vagina Monologues holds an incredible importance for Milligan notably because of the unique bonding experience between the cast and herself, and she hopes this connection translates to the audience.

Due to the nature of the play, The Vagina Monologues is no stranger to controversy.

The play is capable of giving insight on the realities of living as women from different backgrounds, which is important for men and women alike to experience.