UI Presents Three Benefit Performances of “The Vagina Monologues”

Tuesday, January 28 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Women’s Center is highlighting V-Day with several events, including three benefit productions of Eve Ensler’s celebrated play, “The Vagina Monologues,” Feb. 6-8 at 7 p.m. at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in downtown Moscow.

“The University of Idaho is proud to be a part of this worldwide movement,” said Lysa Salsbury, director of the Women’s Center. “Idaho is not isolated from violence against women and girls and this brings us into the global conversation.

V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. The campaign includes 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.

Last year, the Women’s Center joined in with over 5,800 V-Day benefits around the world, raising funds and awareness to help end violence against women. Since 1998, V-Day has raised over $100 million for local beneficiaries working to end violence against women and girls.

Beneficiaries of the 2014 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 once again focuses on the One Billion Rising campaign, which aims to raise education and awareness around the fact that one in three women on the planet—one billion women—will be beaten or raped at some point during their life.

Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Tickets are $12 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 $18. Advance purchase is highly recommended, as the show sells out every year.

Additional V-Day 2014 events include:
• A special V-Day “Teach-In” at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the Panorama Room on the fourth floor of the Idaho Commons on the University of Idaho campus;
• A screening of the documentary “Until the Violence Stops” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 in the Borah Theater in the Student Union Building on Deakin Avenue;
• A V-Men Workshop (for male-identified individuals only) at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the Student Diversity Center, located in the Teaching & Learning Center, Room 229 on the University of Idaho campus;
• A “talk-back” style discussion of the show at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the Whitewater Room on the ground floor of the Idaho Commons on the University of Idaho campus;
• A screening of the documentary “What I Want My Words To Do To You” at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the Women’s Center, located in the Memorial Gym Room 109 on the University of Idaho campus.

All V-Day 2014 events are free and open to the public, Please note, pre-registration is required for the V-Men Workshop. To participate, please email Carl Dindo at carld@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. More information about the global V-Day Campaign is available at www.vday.org.

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, and 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) 885-2777 or visit www.uidaho.edu/womenscenter.

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps 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. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.