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First Student-led Production of Vagina Monologues Scheduled for February

Eve Ensler's play part of the national V-Day College Campaign

12/12/2005 1:25:28 PM


LYNCHBURG — Randolph-Macon Woman's College students will produce the first student-organized production of Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues in February. The play is scheduled for Feb. 24-26. The benefit is part of the 2006 V-Day College Campaign, and the production will take place in Houston Memorial Chapel.

V-Day is a global movement to stop the violence against women and girls. The V-Day College Campaign invites members of college and university communities around the world to present benefit productions of "The Vagina Monologues" on their campuses.

Jennifer Mullins and Elishia Webster are the student organizers of the play.

"I have (always) wanted to help in a production of The VM since I first read some of Eve Ensler's poetry in my 11th grade creative writing class," said Rachael Alexander ‘08, the marketing assistant and an advocate in opposition to violence against women. "This play is about finding your voice. It makes one realize that women are still an unheard voice in many parts of the world and even in America. It pays attention to some uncomfortable subjects in society - rape, sexual harassment, violence, and lesbianism.

"The first step to stopping a problem is talking about it," she added. Alexander wants the audience to walk away feeling as if "they can help stop violence against women."

The Vagina Monologues is made up of a variety of monologues read by women, which are based on Ensler’s interview with more than 200 women. Each monologue somehow relates to the vagina, be it through sex, love, rape, mutilation or simply as a physical aspect of the female body.

Eighty percent of the proceeds from the play will be donated to Miriam’s House, a residence in Lynchburg for homeless women. The other 20 percent goes to the V-Day website and production costs. In just seven years, The Vagina Monologues has raised over $30 million nationally and was named one of Worth magazine's "100 Best Charities."

V-Day College Campaign events are independently organized by students. Anyone affiliated with a college or university is eligible to organize a V-Day event. No theater experience is necessary. However, women are the only participants allowed to recite the monologues. There is no limit to the number of participants.

Where: Houston Memorial Chapel

When: Friday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 pm, Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8:00 pm, Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:00 pm.

Cost: $5 for Students with ID; $10 for others.

Tickets are on sale at the Macon Bookshop in February. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.

For more information, contact Brenda Edson, strategic communications manager, at 947-8142.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations