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April 17th, 2013

Monologos de la Vagina at Newburgh Armory

Adriana Palma recites her part of The Vagina Monologues, which was performed in Spanish on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center in Newburgh, NY. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.

NEWBURGH - A Spanish-language performance of the Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, was held on Saturday, at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center in Newburgh, NY.

The production was part of the international campaign to end violence against women and girls, organized by V-Day, Somos la Llave del Futuro and a group of Latina women.

Women from the Hudson Valley (Rocio Balbuena, Inma Donaire, Autumn-Joy Florencio-Wain, Laura Garcia, Monica Gonzalez, Jenny Hernandez, Laura Elena Labastida, Annette Marzan, Julieth Nunez, Adriana Palma Hernandez, Brenda Palma, Katia Perez and Mercedes Torres) performed under the direction of Maria Jimena Concha and Mariel Fiori.

The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the various common names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.

Some of the monologues included were:

• I Was Twelve, My Mother Slapped Me: a chorus describing many young women's and girls' first menstrual period.

• My Angry Vagina, in which a woman humorously rants about injustices wrought against the vagina, such as tampons, douches, and OB/GYN tools.

• Reclaiming Cunt, a piece narrated by a woman who illustrates that the word "cunt" itself is a lovely word despite its disconcerting connotations.

• The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy, in which a sex worker for women discusses the intriguing details of her career and her love of giving women pleasure. In this performance it comes at the end of the play, literally climaxing with a vocal demonstration of a "triple orgasm".

• Because He Liked to Look At It, in which a woman describes how she had thought her vagina was ugly and had been embarrassed to even think about it, but changed her mind because of a sexual experience with a man named Bob who liked to spend hours looking at it.

• I Was There In The Room, a monologue in which Eve Ensler describes her granddaughter's birth.

Each of the women did a wonderful job of bringing her character to life for the audience.

Proceeds from the production will benefit the non-profit agency Somos la Llave del Futuro, an organization supporting the Latino community and the V-Day Campaign. If you missed it, there will be a repeat performance Saturday, April 20th at Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church in Kingston at 7:30 p.m.

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