The Vagina Monologues at UM

The Feminist Majority has presented The Vagina Monologues for the last three years. This year’s performance will be February 16 & 17 at 7 PM and 19, at 3 pm in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory. Tickets information will be posted soon.

The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler which ran at the off-Broadway Westside Theatre after a limited run at HERE Arts Center in 1996. Ensler originally starred in the production; when she left the play it was recast with three celebrity monologists. The production has been staged internationally, and a television version featuring Ensler was produced by cable TV channel HBO. In 1998, Ensler and others, including Willa Shalit, a producer of the Westside Theatre production, launched V-Day, a global non profit that has raised over $50 million for women’s anti-violence groups through benefits of The Vagina Monologues.

 V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, to break the silence, and to make people aware that violence affects one in three women in the US and throughout the world; it is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. The first V-Days happened in New York, London and Los Angeles. In these performances, women such as Cate Blanchett, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Etheridge, Oprah Winfrey,and others participated. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery, through education and changing social attitudes towards violence against women