V-Day began in 1998 with a benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues performed by Eve Ensler, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Winona Ryder, Calista Flockhart, Marisa Tomei, Gloria Steinem and Lily Tomlin. The purpose was to raise awareness and money to stop rape, incest, battery and genital mutilation, and all forms of violence against women.
The Vagina Monologues delves into the mystery, pain, humor, power, wisdom and excitement of women's experiences. RIT’s production features readings by faculty, staff and students, and is part of the national campaign to end violence against women.
The play is being produced by RIT’s Women’s Center, with co-sponsorship from several other campus organizations, and will be performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and English. Tickets—$5 for students, $10 for everyone else—are available by calling RIT’s game room at 475-2239.
Proceeds from the shows will benefit Rape Crisis Service of Planned Parenthood, Alternatives for Battered Women and Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims.
The Women’s Center is also coordinating Healing the Wounded Heart 2003, an art project. Hearts will be displayed in the SAU lobby on the evenings of the performances.
For more information, call the RIT Women’s Center at 475-7464 (voice/tty).