‘The Vagina Monologues’ to stage Feb. 28 and March 1 at WCU

Feb 19, 2014

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University will host a benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.

“The Vagina Monologues” is a series of monologues written by Eve Ensler to end violence against women and girls all over the world. An activist, writer and performer, Ensler wrote the play in 1996 after she interviewed dozens of females with stories of violence against women and the struggles women face in society.

Students and staff of WCU perform “The Vagina Monologues” annually in recognition of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

The 2014 WCU production, which is sponsored by the Department of Intercultural Affairs, will feature two new monologues titled “Then We Were Jumping” and “One Billion Will Rise for Justice.” Also, portions of pieces will be performed in Spanish, Cherokee and American Sign Language.

“We wanted to highlight the diversity of the women across the world, across our community and across our campus,” said Sarah Carter, associate director for resource services for the Department of Intercultural Affairs.

In addition, the event features an informational fair with participants from the community as well as campus clubs and organizations, and activities such as a photo booth.

The benefit performance is presented as part of V-Day’s One Billion Rising for Justice campaign, a global call for women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in places where they are entitled to justice and release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, sit-ins and testimonies.

Proceeds from WCU’s production of “The Vagina Monologues” will go to the V-Day Foundation as well as REACH of Macon County, which provides services in Macon and Jackson counties; the Clean Slate Coalition; and the WCU Sexual Violence Awareness Fund.

Tickets can be purchased in advance in A.K Hinds University Center in Room 330, the Department of Intercultural Affairs, for $6. Tickets will be sold for $8 at the door. Sales tax is included in the ticket price.

For more information, contact the department at ica@wcu.edu or call 828-227-2276.

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