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UW-RF Presents "The Vagina Monologues"
By Molly Exner
UW-RF News Bureau
FEB. 11, 2005--The UW-River Falls' Student Senate Women's Initiatives
Committee offers a benefit production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina
Monologues" at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 17-19 in Brandy's of the UW-RF Hagestad
Student Center. Ticket prices are $5 for students; $8 for nonstudents.
The second annual UW-RF production of "The Vagina Monologues"
is part of a global movement to stop violence against women. Part of V-Day
River Falls 2005 and the V-Day College Campaign, the play is an outreach
effort to promote creative events that increase awareness, raise money
and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.
V-Day, which stands for victory, valentine and vagina, is a nonprofit
organization that distributes funds to grassroots, national and international
organizations and programs that generate broader attention for the fight
to stop worldwide violence against women.
Kendra Plant, UW-RF business major and music minor from Blaine, Minn.,
directs and coordinates the play. Plant says, "The play deals with
bruises and neglect but also can be very funny and entertaining. People
come out after seeing the play with a whole new experience."
Last year 1,100 communities hosted V-Day benefits around the world. V-Day
celebrates the work of those nicknamed "vagina warriors," or
the women and men working toward ending violence against women at the
"The Vagina Monolgues" has been hailed by the New York Times
as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as
"intelligent" and "courageous." The play, which was
first performed off-Broadway by Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor,
pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences.
According to Plant, some of the material is "very straightforward
Plant says she's always loved acting and jumped at the chance to be part
of women's group coming together to make a difference, by not only raising
money but by raising awareness about the issues.
Assistant directors Naomi Bielefeldt, a theater major from Altoona, Wis.
and Erin Fiser, a music major from Ladysmith, Wis., helped out with casting,
directing, marketing and production and were part of the driving force
that made the production possible.
Plant says the production crew contributed to create an "empowering
experience" for all those involved and hopes that those who come
to see the performance experience the same.
For the second year in a row, the UW-RF production raises proceeds for
Turningpoint, a nonprofit organization serving victims of family violence
and sexual assault located in River Falls, Wis. Turningpoint has been
in existence for 18 years and is the only shelter program within a 60-mile
radius of western Wisconsin.
Plant says, "We wanted to have the money working in the community.
That's how what V-Day is all about."
Production of "The Vagina Monologues," advised by UW-RF Leadership
Center Involvement Coordinator Miriam Huffman, is an event developed by
the V-Day College Campaign, which strives to empower women to find their
collective voices and demand an end to the epidemic levels of violence
and abuse on their campuses, in their communities and around the world
by creating a global community against violence towards females.
Tickets for the all three performances can be purchased at 7 p.m. on show
nights or in advance at the Leadership Center Front desk in the UW-RF
Hagestad Student Center. Also, "The Vagina Monologues" buttons
and vagina-shaped chocolate candy will be sold at performances while supplies
To learn more about V-Day River Falls, call Kendra Plant at 715/425-3153
or e-mail at Kendra.firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about V-Day, the V-Day
College Campaign or the V-Day Worldwide Campaign visit www.vday.org.
Tuesday, 22-Jun-2010 16:21:19 Central Daylight Time