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 Awareness Committee, Gender Studies Program, and the Fine Arts Program hosts the sixth annual V-Day/V-Week events during the week of Feb. 25-March 2. There will be two performances of The Vagina Monologues. The first will be on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapman Auditorium and the second will take place at the Black Box Theatre at FMU’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. The MADWOMAN fashion show will take place following the showing ($10 General Admission plus $3 processing fee).
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 and Faculty Chair 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 a myriad of other activities and is part of the “V-Day” event celebrated during this time of year at colleges and universities worldwide.
On Monday, Feb. 25, there will be a Take Back the Night Event in the Heyward Community Center at 6 p.m. A reception and the kick-off of the Clothesline Project will also be held.
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, there will be a staged reading of The Foreplays in Kassab Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The Clothesline Project will continue each day on the Founder’s Hall Lawn from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., until Saturday, March 2.
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.
On Thursday, Feb. 28, a women’s health event, “Any One of Us” will be held in the Lee Nursing Building Lobby from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., followed by the MADWOMAN Art Exhibit in the lobby of Chapman Auditorium from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Following The Vagina Monologues performance at 7:30 p.m., ($10 General Admission/$8 FMU Students; Chapman Auditorium) is a reception sponsored by the Pee Dee and a MADWOMAN fashion show.
Proceeds from V-Week events benefit the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse.
Further information about V-Day is available at www.vday.org. For more information about the week of events, contact Flannagan at (843) 661-1516 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.