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 will host the seventh annual V-Day/V-Week events during the week of March 24-28. There will be two performances of The Vagina Monologues. The first will be on Thursday, March 27 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 29 at 7:30 p.m. General admission for the show on campus is $10, while the student price is $8. All tickets for the PAC performance will be $10.
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.
“This event is an opportunity for us to reflect on some of the problems we have in our own area as it relates to domestic violence,” says Dr. Rebecca Flannagan, an organizer of the event. “V-Week activities provide an outlet for all of us to express our feelings about these issues and others related to being a woman in this world.”
This year’s “V-Day” events for the week will feature both evening and daytime activities. The FMU celebration is part of the “V-Day” events celebrated during this time of year at colleges and universities worldwide.
On Monday, March 24, there will be a performance by theatre artist Alan Bounville of In Our Words Project: Real Stories from Real People, sponsored by the FMU Gender Studies Program. The performance will be held in Chapman Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A reception and the kick-off of the Clothesline Project will follow this performance. The Clothesline Project will continue each day on the Founder’s Hall Lawn from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., until Friday, March 28.
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 Tuesday, March 25, there will be a staged reading of The Foreplays in Kassab Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, March 26, as part of the FMU Film Studies Series, there is a viewing of Boys Don’t Cry in Lowrimore Auditorium at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
In addition to The Vagina Monologues showing on Thursday, March 27, there will be an Art Exhibit & Fashion Show held in the lobby of Chapman Auditorium from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Further information about V-Day is available at www.vday.org. For more information about the week of events at FMU, contact Dr. Pamela Rooks, professor of English, at (843) 661-1526 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website, departments.fmarion.edu/vweek/index.htm.