FLORENCE – Students, faculty and staff are taking on Eve Ensler’s award-winning play "The Vagina Monologues" at Francis Marion University to promote gender, domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and raise money for the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
The university in conjunction with the Gender Studies program will host several events during the week of Feb. 2 with the "The Vagina Monologues" being performed on Thursday, Feb. 5, and Friday Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Chapman Auditorium in the McNair Science Building. A reception fundraiser will be held in the Cottage on Friday, at 6 p.m.
A poignant and humorous tour of the ultimate forbidden zone, The “Vagina Monologues” is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. In the stunning phenomenon that has swept the nation, Ensler gives real women's stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual self-discovery.
“Based on interviews with more than 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality, the play gives voice to women's deepest fantasies and fears,” said FMU English Professor Rebecca Flannagan, an organizer of the event. "It's hilarious, empowering, radical and just a really good time."
This year’s “V-Day” events for the week will feature student panels and a myriad of other activities and is part of the “V-Day” event celebrated during February at colleges and universities worldwide.
On Monday, Feb. 2, a “V-Day” student panel will be conducted in Lowrimore Auditorium in Cauthen Educational Media Center at 3:45 p.m. On Tuesday, Feb. 3, there will be a Gender Studies panel held on domestic violence and sexual assault in the Pee Dee. This will also take place in Lowrimore Auditorium in Cauthen Educational Media Center at 3:45 p.m. In addition, Performance Poet Marilyn Kallet will take the same stage to perform at 7 p.m. on Feb. 3.
On Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 2-4 p.m., body awareness seminars will be held that will include belly-dancing and yoga.
On Thursday and Friday from 3-6 p.m., there will be a Red Tent exercise in the Fine Arts Center breezeway where women can share their life experiences.
During the week, a student group fundraiser will be held in the Founder’s Hall breezeway to benefit the Pee Dee Coalition in addition to a collection drive for the Durant Children’s Center at the FMU Center for the Child.
The Clothesline Project will be held during the week as well. This project is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.
There are nearly 660 universities around the world presenting the "Monologues" as part of V-Day, a month-long event that generates funds for organizations and programs working to stop violence against women and girls.
For tickets to the reception fundraiser, contact Heather Epes at (843) 661-1502. For more information about the week of events, contact Flannagan at (843) 661-1516.