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Date: February 24, 2004 (04-20)
Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Students to Perform ‘The Vagina Monologues’
Proceeds from March 6 Production to Benefit Women’s Organizations 

            The Montgomery College women’s studies program and the women’s studies student group will present a special production of “The Vagina Monologues,” by Eve Ensler, on Saturday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m., at the Theater Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus.  The student-run production features students and faculty as performers, with all proceeds going to My Sister’s Place, a Washington, DC shelter for battered women and their children, and the Polaris Project, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization which combats the trafficking of people worldwide.  An open discussion will follow the performance. 


            The student-run production is part of the V-Day College Campaign, an initiative that encourages students to stage benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues” to raise money for women’s organizations.  V-Day, which once stood only for Valentine’s Day, has since become a worldwide movement aimed at stopped violence against women and girls.   


            “The Vagina Monologues” is collection of monologues that Eve Ensler wrote after interviewing hundreds of women.  The final product is a play that celebrates women and works to raise awareness about both positive and negative issues that affect women, such as sexuality and relationships as well as abuse and domestic violence.  These intimate portraits of women reveal their innermost thoughts and feelings about their lives and their bodies.


            Advance tickets for “The Vagina Monologues” cost $12.  At the door, tickets will cost $15.  Students and seniors need only pay $6.  All donations and tickets are tax-deductible. 


            Sign language interpreters will be at the performance.  For other disability-related accommodations, call 240-567-7446. 

            “The Vagina Monologues” contains frank language and is intended for a mature audience.  For additional information and tickets, contact Genevieve Carminati, coordinator of the women’s studies program at Montgomery College, at 240-567-7446. 

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