This week I had the privilege to interview one of our amazing cast members in The Vagina Monologues. She is a mother to an almost 18-year old boy, she loves to travel all around the world, including places like Peru, and she loves to call herself a feminist! Her name is Val Baul.
Val Baul decided to join The Vagina Monologues after seeing her friend perform in them. She loved being in a room of people who were so hyped to be involved. She has seen the monologue twice before in 2008 and 2015, but after meeting with our very own Senior Assistant Director, Arzie Umali, she was encouraged to try out and connect with people who are passionate about women’s issues. Being a performance artist, Val pushed herself to try and not only perform for herself but perform for the audience as well.
Val will be performing in The Flood and The Angry Vagina. When I had asked her what each of the monologues meant to her, she was excited to tell me why she loved each monologue so much. The Flood gave her the opportunity to not only talk in a British accent, but it gave her the chance to talk about a topic that no one really ever talks about. Val believes it’s important to “amplify a voice so profound” Val’s passion doesn’t stop at The Flood, but also to The Angry Vagina. I could tell that Val was stimulated by the monologue and how meaningful it was to her. If you were given the opportunity to talk with Val, you could tell that she is very energetic and loves to play different types of roles. The Angry Vagina gave her the opportunity to play angry because “if you’re not outraged, then you’re not paying attention” The Angry Vagina is a declaration for motivation and expression of anger. “Everyone comes from a uterus, it is a great moment to articulate the (sic) anger” she says. Val loves The Angry Vagina because everyone deserves to be angry and “have a reason to be a voice about the anger (sic) for billions of women”
While performing on stage, Val hopes to gain more knowledge in women’s issues that she’s not fully aware of. Yes, she considers herself a feminist, but not every feminist knows everything. She’s not worried about what she will get out of performing, but mainly what the audience will get out of it. Val had told me that she wants to be the “voice of the voiceless” To me, she has already achieved that.
When talking with Val, I was given so much inspiration and knowledge on things that I honestly did not know about. If she could say one thing to someone coming to the Vagina Monologues for the first time, it would be, “Don’t be afraid. Be fearless and play” Val and all the other cast members of the Vagina Monologues are giving a voice not just to the figures in the monologues, but to the audience and any other woman too afraid to speak up.