A benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s provocative play The Vagina Monologues at College of the Siskiyous in Weed drew an enthusiastic crowd on Wednesday evening.
The performers brought the audience along on a rollercoaster of hilarious highs and bone-chilling lows with their frank, non-apologetic, and brutally honest portrayal of the experiences of women from all walks of life.
Coordinated by English instructor Maria Fernandez and Sharon Swingle of the Theatre Department, the Vagina Monologues has been a tradition at COS for the past four years.
The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 35 languages and is currently running in theaters across the world. Ensler’s experience writing and performing the play inspired her to create V-Day in 1998, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Every year more colleges join the V-Day campaign, raising awareness and millions of dollars for local anti-violence organizations.
The Vagina Monologues is based on Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. This eclectic portrait of femininity celebrates womens' sexuality and strength with humor and grace – striking a chord of truth with women around the world.
This year, V-Day spotlights the struggles of the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who are often the target of widespread sexual degradation and violence.
Ninety percent of the proceeds from Wednesday’s performance will benefit the Siskiyou Domestic Violence and Crisis Center and the other ten percent will go back to V-Day to fight the current epidemic of violence against women in the Congo, Fernandez said.
To learn more about the Congo, and what you can do to help, visit www.vday.org.