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BARD STUDENTS TO PERFORM THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES AS FUNDRAISER TO FIGHT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Performances to be staged in the Sosnoff Theater of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. ― Since its first production in 1996, Eve Ensler’s Obie Award winning play The Vagina Monologues has become an international phenomenon, inspiring viewers with its poignant, often harrowing, and frequently funny monologues based on interviews with hundreds of women from diverse backgrounds. From Thursday, February 12, through Saturday,
February 14, Bard College students will bring this phenomenon to the Sosnoff Theater of Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, staging their own production of The Vagina Monologues as an awareness-raising benefit event coinciding with V-Day, created by Ensler to raise funds for programs to prevent violence against women. Proceeds from the Bard performances will be divided between the V-Day organization, which this year is focusing its efforts on the missing and murdered women of Juarez, Mexico, and Family Domestic Violence Services of Family of Woodstock, Inc., a United Way agency. Recommended minimum donation is $10.00, $5.00 for students. For information and to make reservations call the Fisher Center Box Office at 845-758-7900. Any unreserved seats will be made available at the box office prior to each performance.
This year’s performance is being produced by student Mara Bond, who first experienced The Vagina Monologues last year when it was presented at Bard for the first time. "It changed my life," Bond says of her first reading of the play, which was initially given to her by her mother. "I’m producing this event because I owe something to a show that brings tears, laughs, giggles, and screams to its viewers," she says. Last year she had an opportunity to perform two of the monologues, and she found the experience liberating. "Everyone shared their stories and I began to see that I wasn’t alone in my experiences. After working on the monologues for about three months I began to truly discover myself and become ready to make a difference."
Last year’s production was a tremendous success, Bond says, and with this year’s event taking place in the new Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, her hopes for the production run high. Bond not only hopes to raise substantial funds for V-Day and Family Domestic Violence Services, but also to expose as many people as possible to the monologues. "I want all types of listeners: straight, gay, feminist, misogynist, young and old. The Vagina Monologues offers a way to build awareness, and that is something everyone involved in this production wants to accomplish ― creating an awareness that will transform the world into a place without violence against women."
Bond is working closely with director Julie Rossman and 15 Bard student-actors: Lucy Kaminsky, Emily Berninger, Elena Alschuler (who produced last year’s staging), Jo-Ann Prudhomme, Emilia Allan, Emily Schmall, Julia Mancini, Liz Franczak, Gaia Filicori, Jessica Herzfeld, Veta Allen, Casi Kolbjornsen, Brook Lillard, and Suzanne Richardson. Assistance has been provided by the Fisher Center staff and by BRAVE (Bard's Response to Rape and Associated Violence Education), Student Activities, and faculty adviser Shelley Wyant, with additional funding provided by Bard College.
The Vagina Monologues will be performed on Thursday, February 12, at 8:00 p.m.,
Friday, Februay 13, at 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday, Feburary 14, at 8:00 p.m. For ticket information or to make reservations, call the Fisher Center box office at 845-758-7900.
About V-Day, The Vagina Monologues, and Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler’s Obie Award winning play, The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 25 languages and is performed in theaters all over the world. The play initiated V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.
and Necessary Targets have both been published by Villard/Random House.
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This event was last updated on 02-25-2004