Personal ‘Vagina Monologues’ organized by COA students

Posted Feb. 01, 2013, at 6:38 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 02, 2013, at 4:51 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Mt. Desert Island YWCA, 36 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Zabet NeuCollins; 207-288-5015;

College of the Atlantic students are organizing a month-long focus on violence and oppression against women and girls during the month of February, culminating with a performance of the Vagina Monologues at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the local YWCA.

Annelise Hildebrandt and Zabet NeuCollins are working with COA faculty and students to bring awareness to the violence and oppression against women, and highlight the potential for creating empowerment and change throughout the world.

The Feb. 22 performance at the Mount Desert Island YMCA, will be based on Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” a play that reflects upon the female experience through separate monologues. But this performance will feature personal reflections from the community, open mic style. A Feb. 9 workshop at COA’s Deering Common Campus Center from 6 to 8 p.m. will be geared to sharing experiences and creating monologues for those who wish to present at the Y.

Both Hildebrandt and NeuCollins are participating in the Femininity and Masculinity Go to School class taught by Bonnie Tai, EdD COA faculty member in Educational and Human Studies.

Hildebrandt, of Milwaukee, WI, is an aspiring teacher, with strong interests in girls and gender. With a background in theater and literature, NeuCollins, of Iowa City, IA, is interested in producing artwork that serves as action.

More than a play, The Vagina Monologues has become a movement, commonly known as V-Day. First performed in 1996, by 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place around the world.

For more information about the performance on Feb. 22 at the Mount Desert Island YWCA in Bar Harbor, 36 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor, contact Zabet NeuCollins, or 288-5015.