“Vagina Monologues”: An act of ending violence

Austin Ely, Staff Writer

In connection with V-Day, the annual “Vagina Monologues” will be performed on Feb. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Student Union Building.

Students with their Wilkes I.D. get in for free, students without get in for $5 while general admission is $10.

The “Vagina Monologues” are dramatic readings first created by Eve Ensler. Ensler is a playwright, performer and activist. Ensler also created V-Day, which is a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

A reading of the “Vagina Monologues” is one of many events encouraged by Ensler and the V-Day organization. Its aim is to revitalize the public with the spirit to help end violence against women.

The monologues will be read by seven or eight actors, while staying true to the story of actual women. The real-life connotations these readings have are sure to receive an emotional response. It is also the hope of the performers that their production will help raise awareness of the issues surrounding domestic and sexual violence against women.

Multiple organizations from throughout the Wyoming Valley will be in attendance with tables set up in the ballroom.

Organizations such as the Domestic Violence Service Center, Victim Resource Center and Planned Parenthood will be offering information to those who attend. T-Shirts and vagina-shaped lollipops will be sold, as well, with any proceeds raised to benefit their respective organizations.

Dr. Mark Allen, Dr. Thomas Baldino and Student Government made generous donations to the production, inspiring students and those from the general public to come, learn, participate and possibly donate as well.

“We appreciate any donations that will be made to any of the organizations,” Dr. Mia Briceño, faculty advisor for the production, said.

For any questions or information please contact Briceño at [email protected] or Jennifer Magnotta, the director of the performance at [email protected]