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The Vagina Monologues to be presented at UIS

February 23, 2005

SPRINGFIELD - The Women’s Issues Caucus at the University of Illinois at Springfield will host a production of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 5, in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.

The audience is also invited to attend a pre-show discussion, led by Carly Shank, educational outreach coordinator for Sangamon Auditorium, at 7 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery, as well as a reception in the PAC Restaurant immediately following the performance.

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The Vagina Monologues

The event is presented as part of the V-Day 2005 Worldwide/College Campaign, a global movement designed to raise money and awareness for organizations that work to stop violence against women and girls. Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. Proceeds for this event will be used locally to benefit the Women’s Issues Caucus, Sojourn Shelter, Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault, and Operation Women’s Freedom in Iraq.

The play that inspired this movement, The Vagina Monologues, has been hailed as “the bible for a new generation of women,” “a poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier.”  The New York Times called it “both a celebration of women’s sexuality and a condemnation of its violation” and Variety called it “spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving.”

Cast members, all UIS students, are Elizabeth Braun, Candi Clouse, Holly Copeland-Lasley, Nicole Evans, Ashley Harvey, Heather Keller, Lara Marsh, Elizabeth Moran, Nikki Overcash, Leslie Rossman, Susy Woods, and Christine Zeivel.

At the conclusion of the performance, a number of local women will be honored for their grassroots efforts against violence.  They are Jodi Morgan, Sojourn Shelter; Mary Ratliff, Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault; and Susy Woods and Candi Clouse, UIS Women’s Issues Caucus.

The event is sponsored by the Women’s Issues Caucus and co-sponsored by UIS’ Women’s Center and Women’s Studies program and by Illinois Times. Additional support is provided by Housing and Residential Life and the Inter-Club Council Board at UIS.

Tickets are $25 for the general public; prices for student tickets are $11.25 (UIS), $11 (Lincoln Land Community College), $10 (SIU School of Medicine), and $15 (all other students). To make reservations, phone the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217/206-6160 or go online at www.sangamonauditorium.org.

The Women’s Issues Caucus at UIS is a student organization that works to improve gender relations and gender equality and to create a positive atmosphere for women on campus.

For more information, contact the UIS Women’s Center at 206-7173 or womenscenter@uis.edu. More information about V-Day can be found at www.vday.org.

 

 

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