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“The Vagina Monologues” To Be Presented Feb. 12-14

BOONE — To bring attention to violence against women around the world, the award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues” will be presented at Appalachian State University Feb. 12, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union.

“The Vagina Monologues,” written by Eve Ensler, is a collection of women’s testimonials about their bodies based on real people she interviewed around the world.

Ticket sales start Monday, Feb. 2, and are available through the Appalachian Women’s Center located inside Plemmons Student Union, Farthing Auditorium box office or by calling 262-4046 or 1-800-841-ARTS with a credit card. Cost is $15 for general admission and $10 for students. No tickets will be sold at the door on performance nights.

On Feb. 16 at 5 p.m., the Women’s Studies Program is holding a “V-Day Talkback Day” panel discussion about “The Vagina Monologues” in the Table Rock Room of Plemmons Student Union. This panel discussion is called “The Erection of Eve Ensler’s Vaginas: A Panel Discussion on The Vagina Monologues.” Scholars will raise provocative questions about Eve Ensler’s way of framing specific issues, including race, gender, childbirth, motherhood, and violence.

Both events are part of V-Day, a global movement with campaigns including local volunteers and college students to raise awareness and funding for community anti-violence groups. In 2003 hundreds of V-Day benefits were presented by volunteer activists around the world, Appalachian’s included, calling attention to the fight to stop violence against women and girls.

All proceeds from the local performances benefit OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter), ACADA (Avery Citizens Against Domestic Violence), A.S.H.E. (A Safe Home for Everyone), and a project to end violence against women in Juarez, New Mexico.

Ensler won a 1997 OBIE award, an off-Broadway award given by the Village Voice in New York, for writing “The Vagina Monologues.” It was published as a best-selling book and filmed for HBO. The work was nominated for the Drama Desk and Helen Hayes awards. Ensler received the Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting in 1999.

This year’s cast of 17, including two understudies, promises to be another great event. It is directed by Anna Ward and Susan King. The presentation is co-sponsored by Appalachian’s Women’s Studies Program, Women’s Center, Department of Theatre and Dance, Equity Office, OASIS, Men Against Rape, National Organization for Women chapter (NOW), and Counseling and Psychological Services Center.

“The Vagina Monologues” contains adult material and sexual language that some people may find offensive.

Topics for panel discussions for “V-Day Talkback Day” include “Queerness, Disability, and The Vagina Monologues,” “Western Feminists’ View Of Female Circumcision,” “Victim Vaginas? Violence Against Women,” and “Eve Ensler’s Childbirth Monologue And The Need For Multiple Motherhood Stories.” Panelists are Dr. Kim Hall, Dr. Wairimu Njambi, Dr. Martha McCaughey, and Dr. Carol Harding.

According to V-Day sponsors, every 15 seconds somewhere in America a woman is battered. Fewer than half of assaults are reported to the police. Women ages 16-24 run a greater risk of being raped than any other population group and are most likely to experience assault during their first two months of college. Violent acts against women are more likely to be perpetrated by someone they know than by a stranger.