Last winter a group of ladies from my work went to see a production of The Vagina Monologues by Gillian’s Place here in St. Catharines. I hadn’t had much experience with The Vagina Monologues prior to this but had heard so much about it throughout my teens and into my twenties. I was absolutely captivated by every monologue I witnessed and left feeling so proud of the women onstage and of just being a woman in general. For those of you reading this that aren’t familiar, The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler which began in 1996. The various monologues touch on topics such as reproduction, sex work, body image, sexual experiences and several others through the eyes of women.
Fast forward to last month. I was on Facebook doing my usual gander of what people were up to and I saw a call for auditions by Gillian’s Place for this year’s production. I thought for a few minutes “hmmm wouldn’t that be interesting”, “could I do that?”, “I’ve never auditioned for anything since highschool”, “who am I to think I can do that”. This inner monologue went on for quite a long time to be honest.
People close to me know that I am a HUGE fan of Mindy Kaling. I think she is a fantastic writer, actress and role model for women. I’ve read her books and have learned so much about bravery, self confidence, humor, dedication and the like. My favourite moto of hers is “Why the fuck not me?” and I have made a conscious effort to apply that to my life and decisions.
So I decided to do a little less “who am I to think I can do that” and a little more “why the fuck not me?” and I auditioned.
I’ll keep you all posted – I should know by the end of the week what the outcome is!