KU News Release

Feb. 23, 2011
Contact: Kathy Rose-Mockry, Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, 785-864-3552

Commission on the Status of Women to stage reading of ‘The Vagina Monologues’

LAWRENCE — The Commission on the Status of Women at the University of Kansas will present its annual benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” on Feb. 25 and 26 at Hashinger Hall Theatre.

Curtain for the student production is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. The proceeds support GaDuGi Safecenter and Willow Domestic Violence Center, both in Lawrence, and the V-Day fund for women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The play is a collection of monologues written by Eve Ensler as a celebration of female sexuality. Each monologue relates to the vagina in some way, be it through sex, menstruation, rape, genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm — telling real women’s stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual self-discovery.

KU’s Commission on the Status of Women was founded in 1956 by Emily Taylor, the namesake of the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center, to address challenges women faced at KU. She soon expanded the program to the national level in collaboration with President John Kennedy to help end gender discrimination in the United States. The organization has expanded over the years to address a variety of gender-related issues.

The commission is a student organization that works to promote the rights and accomplishments of men and women who work to create a society where people are not judged by their gender, but by their merits.

The student cast and production staff are listed below by hometown, level in school, major, parents’ names, high school and role.

From Leawood 66211
Sarah Ryals Alig, junior in history; Blue Valley North High School; Narrator

From Lenexa 66215
Elizabeth Ann Cunningham, senior in political science and women’s studies; James and Ardath Cunningham; Shawnee Mission West High School; The Vagina Workshop

Caitlin Frances Thornbrugh, master’s student in creative writing; Darrell and Christina Thornbrugh; bachelor's degree from KU; Saint Thomas Aquinas High School; My Angry Vagina

From Overland Park 66213
Lindsey Kathryn Bloom, freshman preparing to major in education; James and Susan Bloom; Olathe East High School; Interview with a Six-Year-Old and the Introduction

From Overland Park 66221
Hailey Jane Lapin, freshman in journalism; Shelley and Todd Lapin; Blue Valley Northwest High School; Lists and The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could

From Overland Park 66225
Simran Singh, sophomore preparing to enter law school; Ranjit and Rupinder Singh; Blue Valley High School; My Angry Vagina and My Vagina Was My Village

From Roeland Park 66205
Kaylyn Nicole Wright, senior in psychology; Annette Wright; Shawnee Mission North High School; The Flood and My Angry Vagina

From Shawnee 66203
Laura Marie Kozak, senior in history of art; Judith and Micheal Kozak; Shawnee Mission South High School; I Was There In The Room and Lists

From McPherson 67460
Grace Dallae Chin, senior in art; Ku-Sup and Shin-Hee Chin; McPherson High School; Say I

From Louisburg 66053
Brittany C. Barney, senior in theatre; Andrew and Christie Barney; Paola High School; Hair and The Woman Who Loved To Make Vaginas Happy

From Wichita 67203
Alexandria M. Browne, senior in design; John and Susan Browne; Northeast Magnet School; My Angry Vagina and the Introduction

From Topeka 66601
Devon K. Cantwell, junior in political science and women’s studies; Joyce Cantwell; Washburn Rural High School; assistant director and Lists

From Topeka 66610
Celsie Gallagher Sneden, junior in psychology; Curtis and Mary Sneden; Washburn Rural High School; the Introduction and Because He Liked to Look At It

From Topeka 66614
Jessica Marie Harman, junior in women’s studies; Charles and Pamela Harman; Topeka West High School; director

From Crescent 51526
Jennifer Erixon, sophomore in English; John Erixon; Saint Albert High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Reclaiming Cunt and Lists

From Parkville 64152
Haley Marie Miller, junior in biology; Lance and Leslie Miller; Park Hill High School, Riverside, Mo.; Interview with a Six-Year-Old and My Vagina Was My Village

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