Stage play benefits shelters

Feb 18, 2015 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Fremont County's first production of "The Vagina Monologues" is staged Thursday at the Riverton Branch Library and Friday at the Lander Library.

A group of area women have organized Fremont County's first production of "The Vagina Monologues," which will be performed this week in Riverton and Lander.

The show is part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls. Cristina Gonzalez of Lander, who spearheaded the project in Fremont County, said she has wanted to organize a local performance since she moved to Wyoming six years ago.

"I did it in Virginia when I was in college ... but it's not a very big movement in Wyoming yet," she said Tuesday. "I said, 'This year, it's going to happen.'"

She partnered with Amara Fehring of Lander and Teri Wiblemo of Riverton to direct the play, which involves 11 monologues on subjects from rape in Bosnia to female orgasms.

Gonzalez said the concept is unsettling for some residents, who may not be comfortable talking about a woman's anatomy so openly.

"Some individuals were a little shocked," she said. "They see the word 'vagina' and think it's gratuitous, or there's something pornographic about it. (But) this is something we should be talking about."

"Vagina Monologues" is humorous at some times and sad at others, but Gonzalez says it is always educational.

"If you have any sort of curiosity about it, come and experience it," she said. "You have nothing to lose."

Tickets are available for a $5 donation which will benefit local shelters for battered women. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Riverton Branch Library, 1330 W. Park Ave., and at 7 p.m. Friday at the Lander Library, 200 Amoretti St. For more information, e-mail Gonzalez at gonzocris@gmail.com.