It’s hard to ignore Mady Glickman, producer of The Vagina Monologues and former Street editor, and Tamar Lisbona, the show's director.
Street: What is your method for avoiding flyerers on Locust?
MG: Usually I’ll be like, “No, thank you” or I’ll just take it. Or if I’m just like really not in the mood I’ll be like, “Sorry, I’m on the phone.”
TL: I like to kill it with kindness. So if someone hands me a flyer, I like to engage them in conversation so that they get pretty awkward and leave.
Street: There are two kinds of people at Penn…
MG: People who haven’t seen our show and are offended and confused by our “Cunt” buttons. And those who have seen the show and think it’s funny.
TL: Inhibited people and uninhibited people. And I think inhibited people can become uninhibited people by coming to our show and opening up.
Street: What’s the weirdest thing about you?
TL: I love the word “squirrel.” A lot. I really like squirrels too but not really so much anymore.
MG: She substitutes the word “squirrel” for “girl.”
TL: Yeah. Like “she’s my squirrel–friend.” Mady and I lived together sophomore year and I used to put up pictures of friends and people that lived in our house and other things I thought were cool and then I would write little blurbs for them that had the word “squirrel” in them.
MG: I forgot you did that. That was weird.
Street: Can you give us an example?
TL: There was something that had to do with an MGMT song I really liked. “Ohhh squirrel. Shock me like an electric eel. Baby squirrel…”
Street: What’s your guilty pleasure?
MG: Duh…“The Bachelor.” It combines everything I like: fake drama, dramatic music, severe emotional disorders…
TL: These are the things you like?
MG: Well in combination they’re really funny.
Street: If you could write a show based on your life, what would it be called?
TL: My mom’s a gynecologist. So I was going to say The Gynecologist’s Apprentice and it could be about my mom and myself, maybe in the 1800s or something.
MG: Something about…
TL: Vags on a Plane.
Street: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
TL: Brussels sprouts.
Street: What’s your female power song?
MG: Right now…anything by Beyonce. I would say “Love on Top.”
TL: I think Lady Gaga is a super female, an empowering musician. Girl just does whatever and doesn’t really give a what. Kinda like us, except we’re not wearing dresses made of meat.
MG: We’re wearing vagina dresses instead. Try that on for size, Lady Gaga.
Street: Describe the other person as a sex position.
MG: Reverse wet dog.
TL: Koalas on a mission(ary).
Street: Why should we see The Vagina Monologues?
MG: Because everyone came from a vagina, everyone loves vaginas, and we all need to support vaginas better. And we have a lot of cool ladies.
TL: We do have a lot of cool ladies in the show. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll think and contribute to a worldwide movement to stop the violence against women. Which, while we’ve been funny throughout this process, and while the show is funny, at certain points the movement really is serious. At certain points it’s important to talk about it.