Performances to raise awareness about violence against women, girls

Three benefit performances of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” are being staged by the Penn Players and the theatre department at Penn State York at 7 p.m. on March 28-30. On March 28 and 29, performances will take place in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center); on March 30, a performance will be held in the Lion’s Den of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. A reception in celebration of Women’s History Month will follow the March 30 performance. This show is for mature audiences only.

Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Penn State York students with ID, and can be purchased in The Pullo Center box office. Tickets also will be available at the door for the March 30 performance in the Lion’s Den.

Proceeds from the events will go to the York YWCA and ACCESS-York, a program that seeks to eliminate domestic violence and offer support, education and a safe environment for victims of domestic violence.  The performances are part of Penn State York’s participation in V-Day 2012; the 'V' in V-Day stands for "victory," "valentine" and "vagina."

Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” readings from V-Day’s “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” and “Any One Of Us: Words From Prison,” and offer screenings of V-Day’s documentary, “Until The Violence Stops,” and the PBS documentary, "What I Want My Words To Do To You." Penn State York has joined this global movement as part of the V-Day 2012 College Campaign.

In 2011, more than 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place. These events were produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.

"The Vagina Monologues" was assembled from more than 200 interviews with women around the world, who reveal their thoughts about gender, love, marriage, sexuality, and the experiences of rape, incest and abuse. The monologues range from the hilarious to the tragic and will be performed as a staged reading by Penn State York students, faculty and staff. To see who will be performing, view the cast list. The local production is directed by Josie Moore, instructor in communications arts and sciences, who also is performing in the show and leading the V-Day campaign on campus.

The local cast has been rehearsing three times a week and decided to do the performances as part of the campus’ Women’s History Month celebration. To see the variety of events happening on campus through March, view the schedule.

Hailed by the “New York Times” as "funny" and "poignant" and by the “Daily News” as "intelligent" and "courageous," “The Vagina Monologues,” was first performed off-Broadway by its creator, Eve Ensler. Ensler dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. Villard Books/Random House first published “The Vagina Monologues,” which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998. A special edition was released in hard cover and paperback in February 2008 in honor of V-Day’s 10-year anniversary.

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. The movement is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, and female genital mutilation and sex slavery.

A V-Day Campaign is a catalyst for mobilizing women and men to heighten awareness about violence against women and girls. By creating this global community, V-Day strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women in the U.S and around the world. 

To learn more about V-Day Penn State York, contact Josie Moore at 717-771-4049 or josie.moore@psu.edu. To learn more about V Day and its campaigns around the world, visit www.vday.org.

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Last Updated March 16, 2012