Before Performing in The Vagina Monologues
About ten years ago I went with some friends to see “The Vagina Monologues” performed here in Omaha Nebraska. I fell in love with the piece and remember saying to my friends, “I would love to be in it someday”. Lesson-you get what you ask for!!
Flash forward ten years and by a stroke of luck I met a wonderful woman at a networking lunch that is a sex therapist who casually mentioned she wanted to do a production of the show here in Omaha. I jumped at the chance to be part of it in some capacity, not realizing I would be part of the cast.
Here’s my reality, I can speak in front of people. I get nervous at times, but overall I think I do a pretty decent job at public speaking. My wheel house is speaking off the cuff, ad libbing, having a conversation. I have never memorized lines or done anything remotely like this before. This is new and honestly pretty damn scary/exciting.
As I am writing this we are three days away from our first performance. I have practiced my lines and said my monologue so many times in my car that I really expect it to start saying it back to me. I think that “Night Rider” voice will come through my radio and start repeating my monologue, but instead of a man’s voice it will be the fantastically talented Eve Ensler speaking to me. Oh, now that would be magical!!
As the hours fly by before our show I keep feeling a few more butterflies and I am trying to keep it in perspective. I know I will get through our three shows, I know I will be o.k., and I know there is a distinct possibility I may not be nominated for an Tony Award from my first run at the stage. I am laughing as I type this!
I have promised myself that every year I will do something that scares the hell out of me. 2014 is my performing debut in “The Vagina Monologues”. As I say this I am acutely aware that 2015 will present me with some opportunity to do something even bigger, scarier, more exciting and I have to say yes. I want to do big things with big risks and reap even bigger rewards.
I will share my story after the performance, providing that I do not get bombarded by agents and not have enough time to blog ever again! Laughing again!!!
If you are in Omaha come see the show. On Friday March 14th at 8:00pm at Girls Inc. Omaha, and on March 15th 2:00pm and 8:00pm at Sokol Auditorium. All proceeds go to The Women’s Center for Advancement.