V-Day performances scheduled for Feb. 17-19
Three performances marking V-Day and benefitting the Victims Resource Center have been scheduled at Penn State Hazleton for 7 p.m., Feb. 17, 18 and 19, in the Black Box Theatre of the Slusser/Bayzick Building. V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, helps to raise funds and awareness through benefit productions of playwright and movement founder Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works.
The Vagina Monologues will be performed at 7 p.m., Feb. 17 and 19. Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," The Vagina Monologues was first performed off Broadway by Eve Ensler and dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998. A special edition was released in hard cover and paperback in February 2008 in honor of V-Day’s ten year anniversary. Admission is $10.
The performance of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18. Admission is $10 or free with a ticket stub from The Vagina Monologues. This is a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle and commissioned by V-Day for the first V-Day: UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS festival, which took place June 2006 in New York City.
These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down.
The volume features such authors and topics as: Edward Albee on S&M, Maya Angelou on women’s work, Michael Cunningham on self-mutilation, Dave Eggers on a Sudanese abduction, Edwidge Danticat on a border crossing, Carol Gilligan on a daughter witnessing her mother being hit, Susan Miller on raising a son as a single mother, Sharon Olds on a bra, Patricia Bosworth on her own physically abusive relationship, Jane Fonda on reclaiming our Mojo, and many more. Female students, faculty and staff will lend their voices and interpretations to the readings.
These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of how violence against women affects every one of us. The book includes information on how to organize V-Day events and readings of the book. A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, And A Prayer is a call to the world to demand an end to violence against women.
In 2010, over 5,400 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $75 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 12,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. In 2001, V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities," in 2006 one of Marie Claire Magazine's Top Ten Charities, and in 2010 was named as one of the Top-Rated organizations on GreatNonprofits. In twelve years, the V-Day movement has reached over 300 million people.