March 20, 2014
Texas Tech University’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) presents two benefit performances of Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. on March 28 and 29 in Room 169 of the Human Sciences building.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and a resource fair will be held from 6-7 p.m. Suggested donations are $5 and will be taken at the door. All proceeds benefit Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock.
A sneak preview performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 27, also in Room 169 of the Human Sciences building.
Last year more than 5,800 V-Day benefits were held across the world raising money and awareness toward ending violence against women. V-Day is the organization founded by Ensler to raise awareness and advocate for the end of violence against women globally.
These events raised more than $5 million through performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” readings from V-Day’s “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer” and “Any One of Us: Words from Prison.”
Texas Tech’s FMLA joined the global movement as part of the V-Day 2014 Campaign.
“Holding this event on campus is important because it makes the campus community aware of the issue of violence against women,” said Jeanne Haggard, graduate student in the Fine Arts doctoral program. “It gives students a chance to see something on stage that may relate to personal experience and help them to feel as if they are not alone in struggling with some of these things.”
“The Vagina Monologues” was first performed off Broadway by Ensler who discusses women’s experiences. Villard Books/Random House first published the play, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998. A special edition was released in hardcover and paperback in February 2008 to commemorate V-Day’s 10-year anniversary.
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CONTACT: Jeanne Haggard, graduate student, Fine Arts Doctoral Program, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, (620) 803-8067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.