The Wisconsin State Journal reports that members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Kappa Alpha Theta sorority chapter allegedly disrupted a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” by banging on windows and making at least one impressively bawdy gesture last Saturday.
The Kappa Alpha Theta women were exiting a bus in the vicinity of the Brink Lounge, where the episodic play was being staged to raise money for a Madison-based nonprofit called UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence.
The back wall of the theater contains a big window facing the street, the State Journal explains. Most of the Thetas walked past the window without incident. At one point, though, a woman decided to bang her fist on the window. A short time later, a few more women — and apparently their dates — also banged on the window. At some point, one woman allegedly added her own vagina monologue by lifting up her skirt.
The state of inebriation of the sorority sisters — if any — is unclear. However, they were reportedly headed to their spring formal.
The interruption reportedly came near the end of the performance when actors take the stage individually to tell their own unscripted stories about victimhood.
“It came at the absolute worst moment, when women were putting themselves out there and telling stories of real pain and violence,” UW-Madison senior and cast member Aliza Feder told the State Journal.
The actors gamely carried on through the fracas. The audience of perhaps 60 to 70 people maintained its focus as well.
UW-Madison officials have opened not one but two investigations of the incident. The judicial board for Greek life and a university committee on student organizations committee are both on the case.
Actors in the play are now seeking a public apology from the Thetas as well.
Kevin Helmkamp, associate dean of students, noted that the individuals who disrupted the performance might not be affiliated with the sorority or the university.
Sarah Monette, chapter president of the UW-Madison Thetas, had no comment for the State Journal.
“The Vagina Monologues” is a series of soliloquies designed to be read by women. Initially, playwright Eve Ensler performed the entire show herself. It is now common to have a number of women perform the monologues. Also, actors choose their monologues, so each piece isn’t necessarily used in a given production.
A sampling of the monologues on offer includes “My Angry Vagina,” “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy” and “The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could.”