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Vagina Monologues Production to Raise Funds, Awareness

Student-run performance part of national V-Day College Campaign to stop violence against women and girls

2/13/2007 3:58:23 PM

   

LYNCHBURG – On Feb. 23-25, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College students will join thousands of others around the world to raise awareness and money to stop violence against women and girls.

The student-run production of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler is part of the 2007 V-Day College Campaign. The benefit production will take place in the Houston Memorial Chapel, and a portion of the proceeds will go toward Miriam’s House.

“I acted in The Vagina Monologues last year and was so impressed by the urgency and power of the show,” said Megan Steigerwald, student organizer and director of the R-MWC production. “I have been so impressed by the versatility of the women acting in the show this year, and the topics we have explored through our rehearsals. It is only when we begin to talk and question the norms and expectations associated with being a woman that we can begin to understand the negative effects of structural violence. It is through understanding that we can begin to work for change.”

V-Day is a global movement committed to raising money and awareness to prevent violence against women and girls. Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. In 2006, R-MWC was one of more than 2700 V-Day events that took place in the United States and around the world. In eight years, the global campaign has raised more than $35 million and was named one of Worth Magazine’s “100 Best Charities.”

Steigerwald is assisted by Rebekah Pauli, Samantha Pline and Alex Aguirre.

The Vagina Monologues is made up of a variety of monologues read by women, which are based on Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. Each monologue discusses women’s perceptions of themselves and their own sexuality. Through this channel, topics such as rape, sex, abuse and love are discussed.

Eighty percent of the proceeds from R-MWC’s production will be donated to Miriam’s House, a transitional home in Lynchburg for homeless women. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the 2007 V-Day Spotlight, “Reclaiming Peace,” which focuses on women in conflict zones. The remaining 10 percent goes to fundraising and production costs.

In just eight years, The Vagina Monologues has raised over $40 million internationally and was named one of worth magazine's "100 Best Charities."

Where: Houston Memorial Chapel

When: Friday, Feb. 23rd at 7:30 pm, Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2:00 pm.

Cost: $5 for Students with ID; $7 for faculty and staff of R-MWC and $10 for general public.

Tickets will be on sale at the Macon Bookshop in February. To reserve tickets, please email vday@rmwc.edu. Tickets will also be on sale at the door. An interpreter will be available on request for Feb. 23 performance.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations
434-947-8142