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Penn State Shenango presents The Vagina Monologues

1/31/2011 —
Sharon, Pa.--Penn State Shenango’s Drama Club announces a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., February 26, in the Shenango campus auditorium on Shenango Avenue in downtown Sharon. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Profits from the production will go to AWARE, the Mercer County Center against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls with an emphasis this year on the women of
Haiti.

The Vagina Monologues was assembled from more than 200 interviews with women around the world who reveal their thoughts about gender, love, marriage, sexuality, and experiences of rape, incest, and abuse. The monologues range from the hilarious to the tragic and will be performed as a staged reading by more than a dozen students, faculty and community members. Co-directors of the monologues are Jamie Calhoun, instructor in English and comparative literature, and Shenango campus student Holly Vuich.

Although the subject matter concerns women’s issues and experiences, men are also invited to attend. Traditionally, men in the audience gain insight into topics they had not known or considered.

The local production is one of hundreds being performed at colleges and universities across the country as part of the 2011 V-Day Campaign this winter. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $75 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it. In the twelve years of its existence, the V-Day movement has reached over 300 million people, and in 2010, it was named as one of the Top-Rated organizations on GreatNonprofits. The focus of this year’s fundraising effort is to increase safe shelter for women and children in the aftermath of the earthquake due to the growing numbers of rapes and assaults that have taken place.

Locally, AWARE is the only dedicated domestic violence/sexual assault center serving Mercer County. Its mission is to educate, advocate, and support all people impacted by domestic and sexual violence in Mercer County. Its vision is to help the hurting to heal and to partner in the prevention of violence.

Tickets are available in advance from cast members or may be reserved by calling the Penn State Shenango Student Affairs Office at 724-983-2836. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Other activities in conjunction with the performance include a discussion session following the production, a basket raffle drawing, and a 50/50 raffle.

For more information, contact Jamie Calhoun at jdc28@psu.edu or 724-983-2863 or call the Office of Student Affairs at 724-983-2836.
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