Words from prison is theme of VDAY performance

The connection between women in prison and the violence that brings them there will be brought to life on Feb. 7-8 as part of the 2014 VDAY performances.

Eve Ensler’s “Any One of Us: Words from Prison” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8 in the Johnson Symposium on VC’s Main Campus. General admission is $10 and admission for VC and University of Houston-Victoria students, faculty and staff is $5.

The performances feature strong language and adult themes and are suitable only for mature audiences. Proceeds from the show benefit the Midcoast Family Services’ Women’s Crisis Center.

The performance evolved from a decade-long writing group with Ensler and 15 women at Bedford Hill’s Correctional Facility. This piece is a collection of raw, honest, and fierce stories written by the original 15 women, combined with writing from women in prisons across the nation. The voices in the play move forward toward healing, understanding, and change with the ultimate goal of using these words to impact policy, laws and treatment of incarcerated women.

“These stories are real; these women are real,” said Lisa DeVries, event organizer. "‘Any One of Us’ is a visceral show - it takes a lot of strength to tell these stories. The title refers to the fact that any one person can be victimized. Likewise, any one person can exhibit great strength, love and forgiveness.”

DeVries said players from VC, UHV and the community make up this year’s cast with more than half of them new to the VDAY campaign.

“When casting, we strive for as much diversity as we can,” she added.

VDAY is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. VDAY is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing antiviolence organizations. The campaign generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, and sex slavery.

Over the past 15 years, VDAY’s grassroots activists have proven that, when offered the support and tools to end violence against women in a creative way, they will eagerly embrace the opportunity. Through VDAY’s College and Community Campaigns, thousands of motivated individuals across the globe have hosted VDAY benefit events, using Ensler’s artistic pieces to raise money for local organizations working to end violence against women and girls.

For more information, call Lisa DeVries at (361) 572-6474 or email director Mary Stahoviak at Mary.Stahoviak@VictoriaCollege.edu.
Published: Friday, 31 January 2014

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