Vagina Monologues at Oakland University March 20-21

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(Press Release, Feb. 19, 2015)

On March 20 and 21, 2015, at 7 p.m., V-Day Oakland University will present a two-night only benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues at 201 Dodge Hall on the campus of Oakland University.

Last year, over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women. These highly successful events raised over $5 million through performances of The Vagina Monologues, readings from V-Day’s A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer and Any One Of Us: Words From Prison and screenings of V-Day’s documentary Until The Violence Stops and the PBS documentary What I Want My Judy_Palmer30yearsWords To Do To You. Oakland University has joined this global movement as part of the V-Day 2015 College Campaign.

This special benefit performance is presented this year as part of V-Day’s campaign ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE, a global call for women survivors of violence, and those who love them, to gather safely in places where they are entitled to justice –courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe, but too often do not – and release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, sit-ins, and testimonies.

What are The Vagina Monologues

Hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant,” and by the Daily News as seed9999AnnHeler_jan2016“intelligent” and “courageous,” The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world – from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998. A special edition was released in hard cover and paperback in February 2008 in honor of V-Day’s ten year anniversary.

The Vagina Monologues will be performed at 201 Dodge Hall, on the campus of Oakland University, 2200 North Squirrel Rd., Rochester, Mich. 48309 at 7 p.m., March 20 and 21, 2015. Tickets are $10 in advance and may be purchased (or reserved) by phoning 248-370-4407. DDAnew01Tickets will be available at the door prior to the performance for $12.

About One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising was the biggest mass action in human history. The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering United Nations statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2013, people across the world came together to strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. Over 10,000 events took place on the ground and the campaign took over media and social media worldwide for 48 hours, trending in seven countries. The wildly successful grassroots campaign was covered widely by media in all corners of world modern natural baby inprogressincluding The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and many more. www.onebillionrising.org.

About V-Day V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of playwright/founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. The V-Day movement has raised over $100 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt, and Iraq. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is, one of the Top-Rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar. V-Day’s most recent global 934_8600_Gen-Online_Banners4campaign, ONE BILLION RISING, galvanized over one billion women and men on a global day of action towards ending violence against women and girls. www.vday.org

What is a V-Day Campaign?

A V-Day Campaign is a catalyst for mobilizing women and men to heighten awareness about violence against women and girls. By creating this global community, V-Day strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women in the U.S and around the world.

V-Day Oakland University is a local effort within the worldwide context of the 2015 V-Day Campaign.

To learn more about V-Day Oakland University, call (248) 370-4333 or e-mail the organization at GSC@oakland.edu. To learn more about V-Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org.

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