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The Vagina Monologues to be presented at UIS
January 18, 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 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. Proceeds will be used locally to benefit the Women’s Issues Caucus, Sojourn Shelter, Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault, and Women in Iraq. Co-sponsors are the UIS Women’s Center and Women’s Studies program and Illinois Times. The audience is also invited to attend a pre-show discussion with cast members and a reception following the performance.
Candi Clouse, WIC president, notes, “Part of what makes this event so special is the opportunity it offers to organizations like WIC and others to participate in this global movement, to celebrate and honor the women and girls in our community, to educate our community about important work, to be part of a collective voice.”
Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. Working with local organizations, V-Day has helped open shelters for women in Egypt and Iraq, sponsored workshops and campaigns in Afghanistan, convened a conference of South Asian women leaders, and donated satellite-phones to Afghan women. In 2001, its first year of incorporation, V-Day was named one of Worth magazine’s “100 Best Charities.” In seven years, the V-Day movement has raised more than $25 million.
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.” This production will be produced, directed, and performed entirely by UIS students.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, January 31, at Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at UIS. Cost is $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 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.
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