Ashland University Theatre Presents Benefit Performance for Domestic Violence Awareness

Ashland University Theatre Presents Benefit Performance for Domestic Violence Awareness

1/23/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University Department of Theatre will present a special benefit performance of the Obie Award-winning “The Vagina Monologuesby Eve Ensler on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. 

The performance is free and open to the public, but patrons are encouraged to reserve a ticket through the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125 to guarantee a seat. In addition, donations of cleaning and home supplies as well as cash will be accepted at the performance to benefit Ashland’s Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Safe Haven Shelter.

“The Vagina Monologues” has been staged internationally and a television version featuring Ensler was produced by cable TV channel HBO. 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 benefits of “The Vagina Monologues.” Such events take place worldwide each year between Feb. 1 and April 30 and performances generally benefit rape crisis centers and similar resource centers for women.

The play introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who "liked to look at it." Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the various common names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.

Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames, the cast is comprised of three females, including junior journalism and digital media major Rebecca Ribley of Medina, OH; junior theatre major Hilary Rheinheimer of Cleveland, OH; and freshman theatre major Natalyn Baisden of Wooster, OH.

To reserve a free ticket, call the Ashland University Box Office at 419-289-5125, Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. For more information about the department of theatre, visit www.ashland.edu/theatre, find us on Facebook or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.