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“The Vagina Monologues” to be Performed Feb. 12-14 with Proceeds Benefiting Local Agencies

BOONE–A benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” will be presented Feb. 12-14 at Appalachian State University as part of a global effort to stop violence against women.

This award-winning collection of women’s testimonials will be presented at 8 o’clock nightly in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union. Tickets are available at the Farthing Auditorium Box Office, the Women’s Center or by calling 262-4046 at $15 general admission and $10 for students. A group discount is available for tickets purchases of 10 or more. Last year’s performances sold out, so early ticket purchases are suggested.

Proceeds benefit OASIS, a local private, non-profit organization providing services and support for victims of family violence and sexual assault; Watauga County Sexual Assault Response Team; and the Ernestine Walking Stick Shelter for battered women, located in Cherokee.

“The Vagina Monologues” is the basis for the V-Day Campaign, a global movement to stop violence against women. The ‘V’ stands for victory, valentine and vagina. Last year, more than 800 V-Day benefit events were presented by local volunteer activists around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.

The testimonials performed in “The Vagina Monologues” are based on real women around the world who author Eve Ensler interviewed about their relationships with their bodies. “The Vagina Monologues” was published as a best-selling book and filmed for HBO.

Ensler won a 1997 OBIE award, an off-Broadway award given by the Village Voice in New York, for writing “The Vagina Monologues.” She received the Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting in 1999.

“Appalachian is interested in educating the campus and the community in women’s experiences both locally and around the world,” said Dr. Betsy Beaulieu, director of Appalachian’s Women’s Studies Program. “This performance is an excellent way to support the global movement to end violence against women and girls.”

Appalachian’s production of “The Vagina Monologues” is sponsored by the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center, Department of Theatre and Dance, National Organization for Women, the Women’s Center, the Women’s Studies Program and Men Against Rape.