Written by Julianne Bass
Willimantic, CT -- Eastern Connecticut State University students, faculty and staff will perform "The Vagina Monologues" on Feb. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The theatrical performance, put on by Eastern's Women's Center, will include actresses from Eastern and the larger community, who will bring to life monologues about women moving past violence, rejection and shame to fully accepting their bodies and reclaiming their sexuality. Admission for this event is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the information desk in the Student Center.
All proceeds from the shows will be donated to two local non-profit agencies -- the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut and the United Services Domestic Violence Program, which provide services to women and children in the Willimantic community.
February is the month of love and "The Vagina Monologues" is pairing it with awareness as part of the global movement known as "V-Day." Valentine, Vagina and Victory is what the "V" in V-Day stands for, linking love and respect for women together with ending violence against them.
"The Vagina Monologues" were written in 1996 by performance artist Eve Ensler. In drafting her early monologues, Ensler conducted interviews with 200 women on the subjects of sex, relationships and violence against women. Since 1996, a new monologue has been added to the performance each year to highlight a current issue affecting women around the world. This year the production will showcase the violence that women and children experience in Haiti.