Three Benefit Performances of “The Vagina Monologues” Scheduled for Feb. 14-16

Thursday, February 7 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – Promoting awareness and an end to violence against women and girls, the University of Idaho Women’s Center is presenting their annual V-Day benefit production of Eve Ensler’s celebrated play, “The Vagina Monologues,” Feb. 14-16 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in downtown Moscow.

The global V-Day campaign includes the performance of creative events such as plays, readings, documentary showings, and educational “teach-ins” to increase awareness, raise funds, and revitalize existing organizations that advocate for an end to gender-based violence.

“This is a really important mission that we need to contribute to,” said Lysa Salsbury, University of Idaho Women’s Center coordinator for programs. “We want to inform, raise awareness and create an experience people can relate to and become engaged in.”

Last year, over 5,800 V-Day benefits took place around the world, raising funds and awareness to help end violence against women. Since 1998, V-Day has raised over $85 million for local beneficiaries working to end violence against women and girls. The University of Idaho Women’s Center has joined this global movement as part of the V Day 2013 College Campaign. The beneficiaries of the 2013 Moscow production proceeds are Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (ATVP), the global V-Day Foundation and the University of Idaho Women’s Center.

Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," “The Vagina Monologues,” first performed by Ensler in a solo off-Broadway show, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.
Every year, Ensler writes a Spotlight Monologue to highlight a community or grassroots initiative working with courage and vision to end violence against women. This year’s Spotlight Monologue focuses on the One Billion Rising campaign, which aims to raise education and awareness around the fact that 1 in 3 women on the planet — one billion women — will be beaten or raped at some point during their life.

“The Vagina Monologues” will be performed at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, Feb. 14; Friday, Feb. 15; and Saturday, Feb. 16 starting at 7 p.m. each night. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Tickets are $10 for advance purchase and may be obtained from the University of Idaho Women’s Center, located in the Memorial Gym, Room 109. Tickets may also be purchased in the Moscow community from Eclectica, which shares commercial space with Safari Pearl, located at 221 E. Third Street, and from BookPeople of Moscow, at 521 S. Main Street. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door for $15. Advance purchase is highly recommended, as the show sells out every year.

Additional V-Day 2013 events include a special art exhibition and reception on Monday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. at Sisters’ Brew Coffee House, located at 218 S. Main Street in Moscow. The public is invited to view original artwork inspired by the themes "Womanhood," "Empowering Women" and “Healing From Violence Through Artistic Expression,” as well as meet the artists, enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies, make a donation to the V-Day Campaign, and purchase tickets for this year's production of “The Vagina Monologues.” At noon on Thursday, Feb. 14 in the University of Idaho Commons Food Court, there will be a flash mob-style performance of “Break the Chain,” an original dance choreographed especially for this year’s V-Day campaign. Rehearsals for the flash mob are currently underway, and those interested in participating should email wcenter@uidaho.edu.

For more information about “The Vagina Monologues” or related V-Day events, please contact the Women’s Center at (208) 885-2777 or email wcenter@uidaho.edu.
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About the Women’s Center
Since 1972, the University of Idaho Women's Center has been a voice for gender equity on campus, discussing issues of concern to women and other targeted groups, holding informational conferences, organizing educational programs, networking and engaging the campus and local communities in dialogue in an effort to build a more inclusive and compassionate society. For more information, call (208) 885-6616 or visit www.uidaho.edu/womenscenter.

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho inspires students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. Through the university’s $225 million Inspiring Futures capital campaign, private giving will enhance student learning, faculty research and innovation, and a spirit of enterprise. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu.