‘The Vagina Monologues’ in town for one night
Eve Ensler’s provocative play, “The Vagina Monologues,” is a series of stories of love, betrayal, passion and discovery based on Ensler’s interviews of hundreds of women from diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds.
It will be performed Saturday, 8 p.m., at The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.
The local cast is eclectic, spanning ages (19 to 60+), acting experience (extensive to a debut), and professions; all were invited to join the project. While this is Director Andrea Fox’s third year serving as the organizer for “V-Day Nevada County” and her first time directing this play, she has been in theater work for 20 years.
This evening is a part of The V-Day Worldwide Campaign that strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the epidemic levels of violence and abuse in their communities around the world. Through benefit productions of “The Vagina Monologues” on or around Valentine’s Day, they raise money and awareness. Locally, proceeds go to The Silver Springs Foundation Scholarship Fund, which provides money for young parents who graduate from Silver Springs High School in Grass Valley and attend college. Unique to this scholarship program is the lack of age limit, which allows flexibility for parents who often delay enrolling in college for several years until they have been in the workplace and established their young families.
Says Fox, “The monologues show the horrors of being victims of war and domestic violence to the beauty of childbirth and romantic love, a range of experiences that women don’t necessarily share (with one another) and that are often left unsaid.”
Cost is $25. Tickets are available at Music Today, (800) 594-8499; Yabobo, Nevada City, 478-9114; BriarPatch Community Market, Grass Valley, 272-5333; The Book Seller, Grass Valley, 272-2131; and Cherry Records, Auburn, 823-2147. Call Fox at 265-8648 for more information.
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