The LGBTQ Resource Center has announced auditions for But Wait… There’s More, a play about intersectional identity written and performed entirely by Brooklyn College students. The play will be written collaboratively over the course of several writing workshops this fall and performed in March of the spring semester.
This is Brooklyn College’s third production of But Wait… There’s More!, which originated in part as a response to the Women’s Center’s annual V-Day production of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler.
“Some of the cast could not relate to any of the monologues, and those of us who are queer, trans, and/or nonbinary had issues with some of the language Ensler used,” said student Sami Binder, who directed the Women’s Center’s 2016 production of The Vagina Monologues. “While I recognized the importance The Vagina Monologues had when it was originally produced, and how it is still relevant and important to some people now, I also recognized the need to create something new and more relevant to the cast and audience at Brooklyn College.”
The first production of But Wait… There’s More! was performed immediately after The Vagina Monologues in 2016.
“The feedback from the audience was great,” recalled Binder. “Many students told me the stories in But Wait… There’s More! resonated with them more than the stories in The Vagina Monologues.”
Encouraged by the positive reaction, they staged the production again in 2017, after the V-Day Committee’s most recent production of The Vagina Monologues, directed by Joanie Martinez. The intensely positive reaction to the material made Binder to realize their ambitions and produce But Wait… There’s More! as a standalone production.
Much like The Vagina Monologues, But Wait… There’s More! will consist of a series of monologues; but while the shows are similar in structure, they differ radically in content. But Wait… There’s More! is built around issues that The Vagina Monologues has been criticized for mishandling, such as race, transgender issues, and class.
“It wasn’t meant to add to The Vagina Monologues,” Binder said, “though I can see why you might think that.” They stress that But Wait… There’s More! was always envisioned as a standalone show. “It was meant to create something new and clearly different from The Vagina Monologues, and because I was already working with the cast for The Vagina Monologues and we already had a built-in audience, it made the most sense to perform it there.”
The show’s content, cast, and even its title are still up for discussion.
“It’s still very much a fledgling project,” says the show’s stage manager, Jesse Day-Aguero. They also performed a monologue in the inaugural production of But Wait… There’s More! that explicitly challenged The Vagina Monologues’s equation of womanhood with having a vagina. “The content changes from year to year because we always have a different set of monologues, but so far, our goal has remained the same.”
Auditions for the show will take place in early October in room 219 Student Center. Interested parties are encouraged to sign up for audition. For more information, e-mail Sami Binder at Sami.Binder@brooklyn.cuny.edu.