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January 24, 2000

THE V-DAY 2000 COLLEGE INITIATIVE COMES TO UMBC WITH A REPEAT PERFORMANCE OF EVE ENSLER'S PLAY,
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

Baltimore, MD - Since 1997, performances of Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues have brought attention to issues of violence against women to international audiences. In a concerted effort to stop the violence and abuse of women, February 14th has been designated V-Day, an initiative Ensler began "to raise awareness and funds to support grass roots and international organizations engaged in ending violence against women and girls and offer shelter to those who have been violated."

UMBC's Theatre Council of Majors will join numerous college campuses and organizations world-wide by presenting a repeat performance of Ensler's play on Monday, February 14th. The Vagina Monologues enjoyed a highly successful run at UMBC in November, 1999; the original cast from that production will reunite to celebrate V-Day.

Lauded as "a funny, heartbreaking work" by critic Susan Thomsen, The Vagina Monologues asks its audience to listen to honest, moving and often hilarious stories from a broad spectrum of women. From interviews with over 200 women of all ages and from all social-economic classes, Ensler created a play using personal narratives infused with universal resonance. Accessible to all audience members, the work gives hope to those who have been victims of violence and hatred and realizes the inherent need within us all to celebrate our uniqueness and humanity without humiliation.

Proceeds from this UMBC production will benefit the Baltimore based House of Ruth shelter. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 general admission.

For information, please call the UMBC Theatre box office at (410) 455-2476.

For general information about the play, V-Day and other upcoming national performances, please visit http://www.feminist.com/vday/html/about/index.htm.

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Posted by dwinds1 at January 24, 2000 12:00 AM