Catherine’s Monologues hosted many talented and passionate students whose work inspired a lot of creative thinking on important issues this year. The Monologues gave the students a way to express their concerns on contemporary issues in an artistic setting. Each performer tackled a tough issue that was personal to them and had affected them in some way. Not all of the writers performed their own monologue and some writers decided to remain anonymous. When talking with Jordan Lena, one of the performers, she told me “ These authors bared their souls through these Monologues and many of them published anonymously because of this. The works were so personal, as an actor, I really just wanted to do right by the author.”
The first performer was Teighlor McGee. She wrote and performed her monologue titled “Dear Vice President.” Her monologue gave a very direct and personal message to our Vice President concerning his discrimination against people from the LGBTQ community. Her monologue was powerful and showed the audience her personal experience.
The next performer was Michelle Mullowney who performed “Listen Up.” This monologue brought the audience through the journey of falling for someone and slowly realizing that they aren’t good for you. The monologue was relatable and kept the audience engaged through the whole performance.
“61 Likes” was performed by Madelyn Douglas and written by Angela Hershberger. The monologue featured a woman battling with her conscious over her abortion and everything that comes with it. The title refers to her putting the news of her abortion on Facebook and how that affected how she felt about her decision.
Next, “Baby’s First Sex Talk” was performed by Jordan Lena. The monologue showed how typical gender roles can affect the way parents view and talk to their children. Later, the performer decided how she would broach the tricky subject of sex to her children, boy or girl. The monologue was fitting for our campus by highlighted an issue in our society that most of the campus is probably familiar with.
The next monologue was “Blackfish” and it was performed by Muna Scekomar. This powerful and inspiring monologue brought up the ever present issue of racism that penetrates all aspects of our society. The monologue touched on the discriminatory views and actions perpetrated against African Americans in this country.
“Dear Jesus Pretty Please” was written by Cassi Henning and performed by Melissa Rodriguez. This funny monologue showed someone praying to God and stumbling their way through it. The monologue showed the author’s unease around her relationship to God.
“Normal” was written by Nora Betcher and performed by Maya Butler. In this monologue, the whole idea of normal was challenged. What it means to be normal is different for everyone and in this optimistic monologue, the performer ended with accepting who she was.
Sara Schoenbauer performed “The Big Old Car.” This suspenseful monologue showed the story of a white woman with her biracial child being harassed on the road by a car full of white men. The monologue showed how prejudiced views in society can become unbelievably destructive.
In “I am Most Afraid” performed by Ellen Wallingford and written by Halimat Alawode, the issue of spousal abuse arouse. The chilling monologue helped the audience to see into the life of a victim of domestic violence.
“My Fat Monologue” was performed by Mira Bronstein and showed the stigma put onto people who are overweight in our country. The monologue showed how overweight people feel everyday and how others see them. The monologue deconstructed all the stereotypes surrounding obesity.
“All the Right Reasons” was written by Brigit Larkin and performed by Breanna Boyce. The monologue showed a woman in love who had finally found the right person to be with. It challenged views opposed to LGBTQ relationships and showed a very personal and emotional experience.
All in all, this year’s Catherine’s Monologues was a success. The monologues were filled with amazing student work that highlighted many contemporary issues in our society today. Each student brought forth personal experiences that helped shape them into who they are today.