Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis

“An imaginative and brave show performed with fearless vulnerability by the warm, wild and untamed Sara Juli.”- Broadway Baby


Skidmore College and the University at Albany have joined forces to bring Skidmore alum Sara Juli back to the Capital Region for performances of her one-woman show, Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis, a comedic movement/theater work about motherhood and bladder control.

The show runs 1 hour with no intermission and is not appropriate for children due to its strong language and subject matter.

Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis is about motherhood- its beauty, challenges, isolation, comedy and influence on the human experience. This hour-long evening-length solo uses humor, movement, sounds, songs, text and audience participation to reveal “all that is awesome and all that sucks” when it comes to being a mother. Tense Vagina focuses on the seldom-discussed and taboo aspects of motherhood, such as loss of bladder control, tears, monotony, loneliness and dildos. The narrative is anchored in sharing the physical therapy Sara received at The Pelvic Floor Rehab Center of New England as she sheds light and humor on her post-childbirth treatment.

Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis premiered in October 2015 in Portland, Maine and has since been presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater in NYC, The Dance Complex in Boston, and American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, among others. Tense Vagina had its international debut in August 2017 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 22 performances produced by Underbelly. The piece will tour to ten venues throughout the US in the 2018 Season.

Created and Performed by Sara Juli with an original set by Pamela Moulton, Costume by Carol Farrell and with original lighting designer, Justin Moriarty.

Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis is a recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Also, funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency sup- ported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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