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The Vagina Monologues to be presented at UIS

January 30, 2006

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, February 18, in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.

A pre-show reception, at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center restaurant, will honor a number of local women for their grassroots efforts in ending violence against women and girls. Representatives from Sojourn Shelter and Services and Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault will also speak about community efforts that are being made. The reception is free and open to the public.

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The performance is presented as part of the V-Day 2006 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. This year, nearly 1,115 colleges in 54 countries will take part in the global effort. Proceeds from the local event will be used to benefit the Women’s Issues Caucus, Sojourn Shelter, and Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault. A portion will also be donated to the V-Day 2006 international spotlight campaign centered on bringing justice to “comfort women,” young women of various ethnic and national backgrounds who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese government during World War II.

The play that inspired the V-Day 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 include Carrie Bauer, Latrease Davenport, Renae Debelak, Samantha Drews, Nicole Evans, Chelsea Fiddyment, Brie Hudkins, Layla Judah, Lakeisha Longino, Anica Malabanan, Elizabeth Morales, Barbara Olvera, Carrie Ramsden, Renee Rathjen, Mary Ratliff, Leslie Rossman, Becca Smith, Tanesha Vaughn, Julie Waltenspiel, and Susie Woods.

Sponsors of the play at UIS are the Women’s Issues Caucus and Graffiti Graphics. Funding for the reception is provided by UIS’ Inter-Club Council Board.

Tickets are $25 for the general public, $12.50 for UIS students, and $18 for all other students. To make a reservation, 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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