Weekend of Women at Carroll
By Linda Braus
“Weekend of Women” took place this past weekend at Carroll University. The Carroll Players put on the event which included two shows at the Otteson Theatre on the 13th and 14th, the Players volunteering at The Women’s Center of Waukesha on the 15th, and a Journal Drive.
The weekend kicked off Friday night with a production of “Untitled Women Project” directed by Ami Majeskie (’16). The show had a powerful intention. “I would like to inspire people to fall back in love with the human body. You only get one and you need to treat it well no matter what size, shape or condition it is. I want to promote a positive body image and create a sense of female empowerment, especially in the collegiate setting when young people are preparing to take on the world,” Majeskie elaborated.
Majeskie also explained the creative process behind the show. “Selecting the pieces for this show was a little difficult. I didn’t want the show to be about blaming anyone. I wanted it to be about celebrating people as a whole and celebrating yourself as an individual. I chose pieces from many different platforms; one act plays, spoken word pieces and even a transcript from a TED talk, all of these pieces were written by women and are from the female perspective, which I think really speaks to my point of female empowerment. “ Majeskie said.
The show’s significance can be found in its real life inspiration. “I was bullied by social media into believing that there was something wrong with my body, something wrong with me, because I didn’t look like the women in the magazines. I struggled with my own body image for a long time and I still do.” Majeskie explained, citing her childhood. However, that experience did not leave her in a defeatist position. “I don’t want other women to feel like that. Everyone and every body is unique in its own way, all built with intricate workings that pulse and live with you and that’s really incredible,” she said.
According to the audience, “Untitled Women Project” achieved its desired impact. “”The show made me realize that we (women) need to be reminded that we are all beautiful. Yes, we have blemishes. Yes, we may not have the body type we want, but we need to embrace those imperfections. Nobody’s perfect, so don’t try to be.” said attendee JoAnna LaCoursiere.
LaCoursiere was not the only audience member affected. David Rehak-Suma expounded on the show’s effectiveness as well. “It was an extraordinary show. As a member of Delta Rho Upsilon, we do a lot of work with the Women’s Center of Waukesha. While doing work there is a profound experience, this show really opened up my mind to a new perspective about the depth of the female experience and the infinite amount of variety within. We truly do not know what we do not know.” said Suma.
The weekend continued with a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” directed by Carly Sauer (’15) on the 14th. While the weekend was Carroll’s first Weekend of Women, this was Carroll’s fourth annual performance of “The Vagina Monologues.” The performance was part of V-Day, a yearly campaign against violence towards women. V-Day started on Valentine’s Day in 1998 as a benefit performance in New York and has since grown into a worldwide movement of activism using art to end violence against women.