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Men to perform Vagina Monologues-style play in Kamloops

While the well known play the Vagina Monologues is usually performed by women, a Kamloops performance will see a version with a mostly male cast.

Monologues allow men take a stance against violence against women

The play A Memory, a Monoglogue, a Rant, and a Prayer aims to raise awareness about violence against women. (Villard Books)

While the well known play the Vagina Monologues is usually performed by women, a Kamloops interpretation of the show will see a version with a mostly male cast.

The original play, written by American playwright and feminist Eve Ensler in 1996, aimed to draw attention to violence against women.

Ensler also had a hand in another, similarly styled play — A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer​ — that gives a voice to men addressing violence against women.

Counsellor and radio-personality Jeff Conners is putting on a performance of A Memory, a Monoglogue, a Rant, and a Prayer in Kamloops (submitted)

A production of the latter play is being put on in Kamloops by counsellor and radio personality Jeff Conners.

"Violence against women is every bit a man's issue — if not more — than a woman's. It's important for men to stand up," he told Daybreak Kamloops' Shelley Joyce.

Conners has already recruited a number of men from many different backgrounds, who will come together soon to choose their material.

"If you've ever been to The Vagina Monologues, there's some really fun plays, there's some really tough ones and there's some playing around in between."

"That's the intent for it — to raise awareness in a way that's not so hard-hitting and feeling so heavy."

Conners said it wasn't hard to convince men to take part.

"I think men have really been wanting to for a long time, but feel on the outside often, because it's a women's issue, or framed that way — so they often feel as a perpetrator often, that they have to stand back. This is a way for them to stand up and give them a focus to do that."

A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer will be performed March 20 and 21 in the round at the TRU Barber Centre in Kamloops. All proceeds from the show go to the White Buffalo Aboriginal & Metis Health Society's men's health groups.

To hear the full interview with Jeff Conners, click the audio labelled: Vagina Monologues performed by men.

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