“V-day” returns to campus with this year’s annual production of the Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues.” The event will take place Thurs, Feb. 13th, Fri, Feb. 14th, and Sat, Feb. 15th at 8 pm in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room.
In 1998, the first performance of “The Vagina Monologues” was played out in New York City with big names such as Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Steinem, Glenn Close and Wynona Rider, just to name a few. The play itself, which can also be bought in book form at the local bookstore, is based off of 100s of interviews with women around the world. The interviews being about women’s very own vaginas. A strange thing to interview about? Not really, when there’s so much to be told about them. Women shared their stories of pain and sadness from violence and abuse, joy in finding a way to love their vaginas, shame, awe, love, suffering, and more.
The interviews became monologues, and soon, Eve realized that the stories and the women needed to be represented in some way, and in a way that could not only share what was going on and take the blanket from our eyes, but also give back to the women. The V-Day Campaign was begun with the play, and now, all over the world, high schools, colleges and communities put on the play, with just a script and a few simple rules. Ten percent of all funds, of every play that is put on, must go to the “Spotlight Campaign,” which is normally a region of the world that Eve focuses a “Spotlight Monologue” on, to expose atrocities against women around the world. The remaining 90% of the funds from each play must go to a local domestic violence or sexual assault shelter in the area in which the play is being put on. Note that no money goes to the production of the play, allowing for maximum help to the women who need it. The V-Day Campaign has literally raised millions already and made huge steps in multiple countries to stop the ongoing violence and terror against women.
This year's proceeds will go to the Salvation Army Agnus House.