V-Day invades North Tahoe this weekend
Tahoe Women’s Services and V-Day North Lake Tahoe are bringing back Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues” for two shows this weekend for the second year in a row.
The performance not only raises the issue of global violence against women and girls, but will bring attention to these issues on a local level as well. This year’s theme is “Vagina Warriors Lead the Way.”
Tahoe Women’s Services will be honoring local midwives Diane Schaub and Lynda Walsh for their work with women and children, assisting women with home births and delivering children into the world, including a baby that started to announce his arrival at last year’s show. Also to be honored are TWS staff members Hilary Kleger and Julia Santos-Coy for their decade of service with the agency and Sara Hitt for more than five years with TWS.
Twenty-two women from Truckee and the North Shore will make up the cast that performs the monologues. There are 17 monologues with short pieces and facts in between that complete the performance. The introduction sets the stage for the stories that follow, which vary in themes surrounding how people think and talk about vaginas and how women are treated in society, both locally and globally.
Meg Kiihn, 27, has recently returned to Tahoe from New York City, to live and work in Olympic Valley. She is the founder and owner of a sports marketing and sponsorship management company called C2Snow. Kiihn will wrap up the first act of The Vagina Monologues with a piece called “My Angry Vagina.”
Sierra Sun reporter Paul Raymore recently had the chance to ask Kiihn a couple of questions about “The Vagina Monologues” and her involvement in the show.
Sierra Sun: Why did you want to be a part of the Vagina Monologues and what piece are you performing?
Meg Kiihn: I started acting at age 8 in various productions, but during the last four years I’d worked with ESPN in their corporate office in New York and I haven’t really been very artistic except for doing press releases. And I moved back to Tahoe this year, but while in New York I saw the Vagina Monologues at 2 a.m. on HBO and the material is a lot of fun and it’s also very eye opening.
So when I saw the flier here, it was a great opportunity for me to become involved in an organization locally that does philanthropy that I believe in and in a capacity that I find quite enjoyable.
SS: What piece are you performing in the show?
MK: I’m doing “My Angry Vagina.”
SS: Can you tell me a little bit about it? The piece that is.
MK: I was drawn to it because it’s really funny. And during the last four years I lived in Manhattan, and when I read it I really had this visualization of these girls from the Bronx who came down to 86th Street on the weekends to go to the movie theaters who just had a whole lot of attitude.
So on one hand it is a very intimidating piece, but it left a lot of leeway for character interpretation. It’s definitely serious on one hand in terms of shouting back at society and how they want to hide female genitalia, or change it, or decorate it. And there are quite a number of swear words, so there’s a bit of shock factor.
I end the first act, right before intermission, so there’s a bit of pressure in that. And I come right after a very heavy piece relating to the abuse of women. So, I look at it as pretty fun and sexy at the end.
SS: How applicable is a production of The Vagina Monologues to Tahoe audiences?
MK: In an New York crowd, both sexes would be more apt to go to it. I think a male crowd in Tahoe is [less so].
The name can be a little bit intimidating and I think a New York crowd is more receptive to titles of shows that might be this intimidating… I think the female audience here is just as receptive, but the male audience might be a little intimidated by it and perceive it as too artsy and too out there.
SS: Then what would you say to a Tahoe guy who was somewhat hesitant to go for those reasons?
MK: Well, what I have said is that the name can be intimidating, but actually the material is really funny and mind expanding. Some of the material is almost painful to hear because it highlights a lot of international and domestic abuse toward women.
SS: Has it been fun being a part of the cast?
MK: Definitely. There are women of all ages and it’s quite humorous to hear retired women say things like ‘monkey box.’ And just the variety of backgrounds and social and economic levels all coming together for this [makes it interesting].
“The Vagina Monologues” will be on stage on Friday March 25, and Saturday March 26, at 7 p.m. at the Cal-Neva Resort in Crystal Bay.
Last year’s event drew a sold-out crowd to the Cal-Neva
Tickets for the show are available by calling (775) 298-0010, visiting The Rainbow Bridge in Tahoe City or the Truckee Chamber of Commerce in Truckee. This year there are three choices for seating. Champagne booth seating is the ultimate in V-Day celebrating. The booths fit up to four people and include champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, and more. Four person booths are being sold for $200. VIP tickets are $45 and include preferred seating and a V-Day gift. General admission is $25 and student tickets are available in this range for $15 with a current student ID.