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V-Day Events Include Staging of Eve Ensler Play

(Posted February 26, 2007)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The award-winning and sometimes controversial play "The Vagina Monologues" will be staged and performed by Juniata College students and faculty and alumni at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25 in the Ellis Hall ballroom, as part of V-day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.
Tickets for the Feb. 25 production are $5 for general admission, payable at the door. The production is sponsored by Juniata's Women's Group.
The content of the "Vagina Monologues" is frank and contains very explicit language. The production is not recommended for children under age 17.
The production benefits the V-Day Organization, which is a worldwide effort to stop violence against young girls and women. The benefits of the Juniata College productions go to Huntingdon House, a local sexual abuse shelter.
V-Day's theme this year is "Reclaiming Peace" which celebrates the connection between the worldwide anti-violence work of V-Day activists and a growing movement toward peace and an end to armed conflicts.
The focus for nationwide V-Day activities will be Women in Conflict Zones, because war exponentially increases crimes of violence against women and girls. Alcione Frederick, a 2005 Juniata graduate whose family lives in Huntingdon, will return to campus to read a conflict zone-themed "Monologues" excerpt called, "What Happened to Peace?" in the two Sunday performances.
The play "The Vagina Monologues" was produced in 1998 and received an Obie Award, the award for top off-Broadway productions, that same year. Written by Eve Ensler, the play has been performed countless times in professional and community theaters. The play has been translated into 25 languages. Ensler based the play on her interviews with more than 2,000 women. "The Vagina Monologues" celebrates women's sexuality and strength and addresses the violence and violations experienced by women.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.