Friday, December 09, 2005

Vagina Monologues

Just a quick note: yesterday, I decided to go audition for the Vagina Mologues. I haven't done drama in several years, but I thought it might be fun to get back into it. I've never read the Monlogues, I saw it once at Cornell, and I found it pretty powerful. Nonetheless, I went into the audition thoroughly unprepared -- I consciously decided not to find audio samples or read the monologues so as to be able to do it fresh, with my own take on it. Unfortunately, that also meant that when I received audition pieces, I had to figure out for myself how to read it. Having never seen them before, I needed time to get through the piece and figure out my interpretation. I was given "My Angry Vagina" to read -- I apparently lucked out on that. I read it angry and empassioned, as well as bitter, but not top of my lungs furious. Apparently they liked it because I was asked to do an immediate callback. The second reading was the reclaiming of the word "cunt" monologue -- that one was so much harder to do a reading of. I also got approximately three minutes to read through it, so I actually was only able to practice it once before I had to go back in and read it. I have no idea how the piece is supposed to be read, but I ended up reading it like a slow, steady orgasm as the speaker gets increasing pleasure from the word (if you know the piece, you'll know what I mean). I read it too quickly, but I speak very quickly anyways and have always had to work on that on-stage (that... and I have this annoying tendancy to gesture at my boobs when I perform). Either way, I heard the result last night: I'm in! I will be performing in University of Arizona's production of the Vagina Monologues next February. I'll keep you guys posted! First rehearsal this Saturday!


Blogger Melinda Casino said...

Oh, this is exciting! Are we to expect a series of theater related posts now at Reappropriate? I'd love to hear what being in a production is like...

Congratulations. :)

12/09/2005 08:41:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

only if people would be interested. ^_^ the day-to-day of production will most likely be fairly dreary.

12/10/2005 02:41:00 AM  
Blogger Lee Herrick said...

congratulations, jenn! i saw it in LA when it came out...powerful, of course. i imagine you'll be awesome.

12/10/2005 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger phillyjay said...

Never seen this thing before but it sounds interesting.Good for you Jen.

12/11/2005 04:50:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

thank you very much, phillyjay and lee! I'm really excited about this!

12/11/2005 03:07:00 PM  
Blogger Karlos said...

That's awesome, Jenn! Congratulations!

12/12/2005 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger Maureen said...

I think My Angry Vagina's my favorite! Especially the part with the "duck lips". If I couldn't do the one with the 25 moans, I would have wanted to do the Angry Vagina one in my school's production. (but they gave me the serious ones. bleah...). Congrats and good luck :)

12/12/2005 04:47:00 PM  
Blogger suki said...

awesome!! i participated in this when i was in school, and i think aside from the performance factor, you end up learning so much about the other women in the monologues as well.

12/15/2005 12:03:00 AM  
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