“I’ve never worked in backstage before, never even thought of it. When I first signed up for the Vagina Monologues, the word ‘monologues’ gave me the impression of acting on stage, a concept I familiar with. I love acting. Ever since I took that drama class back in grade 10, I fell in love with the art of it. It gives me something nothing else can give: a short sweet escape from life, an opportunity to live out someone else’s life. But The Vagina Monologues was a different experience. First, I was the only guy on the team. Second, they assigned me as the stage manager- A huge task I can contribute to, as I don’t want to break with VM’s tradition of performances by only female actors. Yet, sometimes the most unexpected thing turns out to be one great journey in life.
I would describe the Vagina Monologues as a feminist play. Different women telling stories about topics everyone would normally avoid. It is important because it somehow changed the way people perceived the word ‘vagina’. But my job was not to talk. My job was behind the sound system, to make sure everything ran smoothly: music, lighting, transitions. Something I would never think of doing. When we actually performed in the Rayson Huang Theatre with a full house, I was overwhelmed, to see what was once just a small meeting in a dance room into something grand with hundreds of spectators.
This out-of-the-blue experience, however, has taught me that it is not always about chasing fame or popularity. I’ve -learned that some achievements can be very subtle, something you do just for the sake of yourself. I just feel really happy achieving something beyond recognition from audiences- Something more important: to prove it to myself, to the people in the team, that I can do it.”