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'Vagina Monologues' to benefit local non-profits
QSanAntonio, February 21, 2014

The Rape Crisis Center, in partnership with P.E.A.C.E. Initiative and Family Violence Prevention Services, commemorates San Antonio’s 7th Annual V-Day observance with a staged reading of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues."

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. The San Antonio production of "The Vagina Monologues" is meant to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the anti-violence organizations involved in the production. All actresses are community members.

In 1998, Ensler and others launched V-Day, a global non-profit movement that has raised over $75 million for women's anti-violence groups through benefit presentations of "The Vagina Monologues."

V-Day benefit events are produced by volunteer activists around the U.S. and the world, educating millions of people.

According to Wikipedia: "The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience . . ."

The play premiered in 1996 Off-Broadway at New York's Westside Theater. It is based on interviews playwright Ensler conducted with 200 women who discussed their views on sex, relationships and domestic violence.

In an interview published by Random House Ensler explains, "Women's empowerment is deeply connected to their sexuality. I'm obsessed with women being violated and raped, and with incest. All of these things are deeply connected to our vaginas."

The San Antonio reading will be held on Monday through Wednesday, February 24 through 26, at 7 p.m. the Woodlawn Theater, 1920 Fredericksberg.

Tuesday night’s production will be performed entirely in Spanish. Monday and Wednesday will be presented in English. The show is directed by Mellissa Marlowe, Professor of Drama at Northwest Vista College.

Tickets are $15 each or two for $25. They are available online until Feb. 23rd at midnight. They can also be purchased at the door each evening, cash or check only. All proceeds benefit The Rape Crisis Center, P.E.A.C.E Initiative and Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.

One Billion Rising: the 2014 campaign to end violence against women
By Eve Ensler, TheGuardian.co.uk, December 9, 2013
Violence against women is an epidemic. It may manifest itself differently from culture to culture: female genital mutilation in one place, internet bullying in another, gang rape here, acid burning there, but I believe it is the mother issue of our times.