OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU to host 'The Vagina Monologues'

02/07/2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. – For the eighth year, the Peer Health Advocates of Oregon State University will host three performances of “The Vagina Monologues” to focus attention on ending violence against women and girls.

Performances for the event are set at 4 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, and at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center, 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis.

Advanced tickets, priced $6 for students and $8 general admission, will be available at Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis, OSU’s Memorial Union Program Council office and the OSU Women’s Center. Tickets are $10 at the door for all. Prices for the 4 p.m. matinee performance on Feb. 22 are reduced $2.

The 8 p.m. Feb. 23 presentation will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. For other accommodations, call OSU Peer Health Advocates at 541-737-2775.

The OSU performances are part of the national V-Day campaign, a global movement to end violence against women and girls founded by New York playwright and performer Eve Ensler. This year’s national campaign theme is “Women in Conflict Zones.”

Proceeds from the OSU performances benefit the Corvallis-based Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence.”

More than a decade ago, Ensler began compiling 200-plus interviews with women from a mix of age, race and social backgrounds then produced her work as a one-woman New York stage show in 1996. It since has evolved into an annual recognitions, with more than 2,700 events performed globally just in the year 2006. The monologues strive to empower audience members and raise awareness about the experiences of women inherit with their sexuality, bodies, and social position.

Women from Oregon State University, including faculty, staff and students, as well as from the community, will perform in the production, which will include adult content.