Students Present ‘The Vagina Monologues’
Alma College students are raising awareness and funds for Gratiot
County Women’s Aid Services through performances of "The Vagina
The students will perform the play at 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 20 and 21 in Jones Auditorium in the Tyler Van Dusen Campus Center at Alma College. Tickets are $3 or a donation at the door.
“This is probably something that should be done every year on every campus because it’s not just about a performance; it’s about raising awareness and funds to combat violence against women and girls worldwide,” said Joanne Gilbert, chair and associate professor of communications and co-director of Women’s Studies.
The play’s participants include residents of the McCurdy House, the Alma College Women’s Resource Center, and other students pursuing degrees in theatre. The student directors are Rebecca Peacock and Ashley Masoner.
The benefit performances of playwright/founder Eve Ensler's award-winning play are presented as part of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls and raise funds and awareness. The “V” in V-Day stands for victory, valentine and vagina.
The benefit production was first performed in Alma as part of the V-Day campaign in 2002. Gilbert was inspired to bring the play to Alma after seeing it performed. The first production raised $4,000 for women’s aid due to overwhelming support.
“It was very powerful,” Gilbert said.
The monologues are based on interviews with more than 200 women about their vaginas. It addresses everything from sexual abuse to self-discovery for women.
“We were worried what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don’t think about them,” according to one line of the script.
In 2006, more than 2,700 V-Day events in 1,150 communities and colleges took place in the United States and around the world.
To date, V-Day has raised more than $35 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women; crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; launched the Karama program in the Middle East; funded more than 5,000 community-based anti-violence programs; reopened shelters; and funded safe houses in South Dakota, Egypt, Iraq and Kenya.
The V-Day College Campaign strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the epidemic levels of violence and abuse on their campuses, in their communities and around the world, according to Gilbert.
The benefit productions of “The Vagina Monologues” typically take place between Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 and International Women’s Day on March 8.
Posted: Mon, February 12th, 2007 at 9:14AM