RIT Celebrates ‘V-Day’ with Vagina Monologues Performances Feb. 11-12

Eve Ensler’s thought-provoking play features student, faculty and staff performers

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RIT’s Center for Women and Gender hosts V-Day 2011 featuring a performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.

Who wants to go out for a romantic dinner with your valentine when you can have a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience instead?

Students, faculty and staff of Rochester Institute of Technology will certainly deliver on that promise during their performances of The Vagina Monologues 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12, in Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union.

The play, written by Eve Ensler, celebrates V-Day, a campaign to end sexual violence against women and to proclaim Valentine’s Day as the day to celebrate women and demand the end of abuse. 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 students, faculty and staff, and is part of the national campaign to end violence against women.

The play is being produced by RIT’s Center for Women and Gender. Tickets—$5 for students, $8 for faculty, staff and the general public—are available at the Center for Women and Gender in RIT’s Campus Center, Bytes on the Run, Student Development Center at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, or at the door on the evenings of the performances.

For more information, call 585-475-7464.