The Vagina Monologues, which is now in it’s sixth year at UNCG, raises awareness about violence against women and activism. Proceeds from the shows go directly to the Clara House, a domestic abuse shelter for women and children in Greensboro.
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to audition: Oct. 17, 7-9 p.m. in the Maple Room of the EUC and October 18, 7-9 p.m. in the Tillman-Smart Room, Shaw Hall. No acting experience or preparation is needed. Performance dates are February 9-10, 2018.
The Vagina Monologues is an award-winning play, based on the work of V-Day Founder Eve Ensler [http://www.vday.org/home] The play premiered in 1996 to immediate critical acclaim and criticism. By the late 1990s the play had undergone several revisions and had become part of a movement to stop violence against women. Ensler co-founded V-Day in 2001, partly in response to audience reactions to The Vagina Monologues. V-Day, held every February 14, now includes campaigns and events internationally and throughout the year.
V-Day also allows and encourages community groups, colleges, and universities to organize their own productions of The Vagina Monologues. UNCG’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program produced the play for many years, and after a four-year hiatus, a partnership of University professional staff, departments, and a dedicated group of student volunteers has brought it back.
V-Day has a very specific goal of ending violence against women, and changing attitudes and conditions that lead to violence. The Vagina Monologues is part of that effort as and intends to spark vigorous dialogue, and in that effort it has been very effective. Few plays have drawn such passionate defenders and critics.