On the heels of the highly successful and internationally-acclaimed V-Day 2001 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, which featured a performance of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" by 70 of the most notable women of stage and screen, the Obie Award-winning play will now be performed at IU Northwest.
The IUN V-DAY performance of "The Vagina Monologues" for Friday, March 1 has been sold out. An additional performance has been scheduled for Saturday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium on campus.
V-Day is a worldwide movement to stop violence against women and girls and to proclaim Valentine's Day as the day to celebrate women and demand the end of abuse. Inspired by the world premiere of "The Vagina Monologues" at HERE, an off-Broadway theatre in New York City, the first V-Day was held in 1998 with a performance of the play by such famous women as Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Lily Tomlin, and Calista Flockhart.
The V-Day College Campaign has raised awareness of the problem of violence against women and girls around the world by celebrating V-Day on more than 450 college campuses worldwide. The V-Day 2002 College Campaign is targeting even more schools, both in the United States and abroad. Cornell, Leeds (England) and Friedrich Schiller (Germany) Universities and Middlebury (Ms. Enslerís alma mater), Mills and Anyajua Comprehensive (Cameroon) Colleges were among the hundreds of schools that participated in the V-Day 2001 College Campaign, mounting performances of "The Vagina Monologues" on Valentineís Day 2001. Indiana University Northwest, Drew, Rice and Mount Allison (Canada) Universities and Hamilton and Marist Colleges are already on board for the 2002 Campaign.
"The Vagina Monologues" brazenly explores questions often pondered, but seldom asked: Do women like their vaginas? What do women call their vaginas? What can you tell about a woman by the way she moans when she is aroused?
Unpaid reservations for the Friday performance will be held only until 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $4 for the March 2 show. To purchase or reserve a ticket for March 2, contact Monique Fredline at (219) 874-0211. Information about V-Day and violence against women can be found at the event's global web site at http://www.vday.org. All proceeds from the event go to the Rainbow Shelter and the women of Afghanistan.