Although the performances are over for LCCC Theatre Club’s run of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” the impact continues to be felt in the community.
Last weekend’s show raised $1,290 in ticket sales and donations, and all of that money went to Safehouse Services of Cheyenne, which provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
The groundbreaking play is an episodic collection of monologues exploring the female experience, from love and sex to rape and mutilation. Students Marcie Smith and Erin Williams co-directed the production, which featured performances from 21 women from all walks of life at LCCC – not just theatre majors or community actors. The show was produced, directed, staged and acted entirely by women.
Donations were requested at the door, but Smith noted that most audience members gave more than what was asked of them and that the community responded quite favorably to the show and the cause.
“This play is really close to my heart,” Smith said. “We weren’t able to perform the show until this year, but there’s a reason for everything, and the reason is One Billion Rising.”
The theatre performances event helped kick off Cheyenne’s participation in One Billion Rising, a global effort to help end violence and inequality to women and girls across the globe.
While no plans are in place as of now, the success of the show bodes well for even more opportunities for such community partnerships in the future.