Hi there members and supporters of V-Day past and present in the Barnumbia community and beyond,
We at BC/CU V-Day have realized that some of our communications about our scope and vision this year’s production have been vague, and we just wanted to make our intentions clear.
For the past year and beyond, our creative and production teams have collectively experienced a growing discomfort with the tradition of exclusionary white cis feminism that The Vagina Monologues upholds and the supposed need to continue to put on the show year after year. After the success of last year’s production with an all self-identified women of colour cast, a response to a piece we understand isn’t representative of all women and folks who experience gender-based oppression, we want to keep on pushing so that our productions are as inclusive as possible so that all identities on our campus can be represented. As a production team, we intend to use our platform to center the voices of queer and trans women as well as non-binary and gender-nonconforming people. In the past, we have had a trans addendum in our playbills to try to ameliorate some of the problems with the productions, but we no longer feel that this is enough. We want to produce a show in which trans people are not merely an afterthought and cissexism is not left to be apologized for later, but one that centers queer and trans voices and experiences.
That being said, we’ll cut to the chase: our production team has decided to scrap The Vagina Monologues for a new production, tentatively titled Beyond Cis-terhood. With this new direction, we hope to create a conversation about what it means to be a woman in the fullest scope, to open up the conversation to those who have been denied womanhood on the basis of their anatomies, as well of those who have had womanhood falsely ascribed to them on these same premises, and to acknowledge that all experiences of gendered oppression cannot and should not be homogenized across class, race, ability, and various other identities. We will construct this piece as a community, and are accepting submissions from writers who self-identify as queer, trans, and/or gender-nonconforming and want to speak about their unique, intersectional, and personal experiences with oppression on the basis of their gender. In addition, our cast will be a space for self-identified queer/LGBTQ+ students as well. To clarify, this space is NOT restricted to those who are cis, nor to those who are female-identified. This IS a space by and for queer people and their unique experiences with gender-based oppression.
**V-Day seeks to provide a platform for the voices of all identities on campus and therefore, in addition to our focus on queer and trans experience, welcomes and strongly encourages POC, neuroatypical and disabled individuals, and students of any marginalized identities to submit their work and participate in our production. **
If you are interested in submitting a piece (in any performable medium) about the intersection of queerness/LGBTQ+ identity and body image, relationships, gender-based violence, gender identity, sex, sexuality, or any other aspect of your lived experience, please do so using this form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-YdVvGsQ0PUELzY32GyB16JGnvHgVsHzInxOIejUM0g/viewform?usp=send_form. Writers will be given several options as to involvement with their piece and the production (as indicated on the form) to ensure that writers can maintain ownership of their work in whatever capacity they feel comfortable, but we also welcome and encourage writers to attend our production meetings on Sundays from 3-4pm in 421 Lehman. We aim to build an ensemble that connects writers, actors and the production team to form a cohesive, non-hierarchical creative process. Information about auditions will be coming soon and any updates will be posted to this page. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to message us here or at email@example.com.