VDay performances take on violence against women

A groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights will be performed on March 1-2 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. with shopping and refreshments beginning at 6 p.m.

Eve Ensler’s “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” features Victoria College and UHV faculty, staff and students, and members of the community.

VDay is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. The performances feature strong language and adult themes and are suitable only for mature audiences. Proceeds from the show benefit the Victoria Women’s Crisis Center.

“This is the fourth year Victoria College has hosted the VDay event,” said Lisa DeVries, VC assistant English professor. “This is the biggest cast yet. We hope it becomes an annual event.”

DeVries said the show offers a global perspective of abuse with stories from people all over the world, along with various ethnic and religious groups.

“Each monologue is written by a different author, some even written specifically for men,” she said.

In addition to the performances, the show is also an outlet for assistance, DeVries added.

“We’ve had some audience members who suffered some kind of abuse,” she said. “Here, they can see there is a local organization, the Victoria Women’s Crisis Center,that works to help them.”

The show is directed by VC History Professor Ann Kapp and edited by Mollie Doyle and Ensler.

The Victoria Women’s Crisis Center will have an information booth at both performances as will various local vendors and student clubs.

If You Go:
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 1-2
WHERE: Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.
COST: General admission, $10; Students, $5.
FOR MORE INFO: vday.org, facebook.com.vday, Twitter - @VDAY

Published: Thursday, 21 February 2013

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