Q&A With The Vagina Monologues Director Sadie Barbee

She wowed us all in The Wizard of Oz and Atmosphere, and now the multi-talented Sadie Barbee takes the director’s chair for The Vagina Monologues: Liberated Sisters February 13-15. This anthology of women’s stories sparked movements across the globe by confronting the silence surrounding vaginas and sexuality as well as creating spaces for marginalized voices. Our unique rendition also incorporates new vignettes inspired by local women. Check out this Q&A with Sadie and join her for a talk back after the Thursday night performance.

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Sadie Barbee Director – The Vagina Monologues: Liberated Sisters

Q: What was it about Eve Ensler’s work that made you want to direct this show?

Sadie: I’ve always felt that art has the power to reach people and inspire more than any other medium. After reading more into the V-Day movement to end violence against women and Eve Ensler’s original script, I realized that this is the kind of show I want to be a part of.

Q: I’ve already seen the The Vagina Monologues. Why should I come to this version?

Sadie: This show encompasses a wide variety of performance styles that will engage the audience. Along with doing monologues from Ensler’s original script, we’ve added dance (choreographed and performed by Alex Olson), original music by Kirsten Paludan, and I’ve written two original monologues inspired by women within our own community.

Q: Was there a moment in rehearsal that was especially memorable for you?

Sadie: During a rehearsal from early on, I was working one-on-one with a lady in the cast and we were discussing the meaning and emotion behind a monologue and the story she was telling. We ended up sitting and talking for much longer than expected. It was beautiful to take time out of creating, to just sit and listen to each other . . . see each other as women. I believe these moments helped connect us to each other and to the stories we are sharing.

Q: Is there a Liberated Sister in your life who has been particularly inspirational for you?
Sadie: There’s so many women in my life that inspire me everyday, so to just name one wouldn’t be fair. My bosses and mentors inspire me to always persevere, my closest girlfriends inspire me to listen closely and encourage, and my mother and aunts inspire me to love unconditionally. I’m constantly blessed by each woman in my life.