Vagina Monologues Staging

My use of red clothing as a backdrop was inspired by the professional production of The Vagina Monologues mounted in London in 2001, in which lined up downstage were a variety of bright red girl's and women's shoes. The shoes exemplified and estranged women's concern with appearance and their different cultural roles—from the incongruity of blood red baby shoes to promise of sexuality represented by red stilettos. In our production, the clothes and shoes were more than just decoration--they were constantly manipulated and tried on, focusing on how women might try to actually fit into these cultural roles.

With the images I originally wanted an extreme close up on red dresses so that the folds of the material might look like folds of reddish skin, as seen to the right. We ultimately decided to use Jeff Depta's photographs of red dresses, as seen above.