FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 2, 2018
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Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Whitney Center for the Arts
On Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Sheridan College staff and students will present a one-night only benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play “The Vagina Monologues” at Whitney Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Advocacy and Resource Center of Sheridan.
The New York Times called “The Vagina Monologues”, “probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade.” The play – first performed off-Broadway and in locations around the world by Ms. Ensler – dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement in women’s experiences.
According to cast member Ann Storey, Coordinator of Campus Life at Sheridan College, the reading is a way to educate the community about domestic violence and women’s issues.
“People often think that violence against women is not a problem here,” she said. “But unfortunately it does happen here, and to people we know and love, so it’s important to give a voice to the women in our community who have been affected by it and to educate the public about this problem in our society.”
Over the past two decades, tens of thousands of communities and college campuses have staged benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues” in over 200 countries and territories. Activists have raised consciousness, changed laws to protect women and girls, funded rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters, educated their communities, and raised well over $100 million in urgently needed funds for groups doing the essential work of ending violence and serving survivors and their families.
The Advocacy and Resource Center exists to empower people affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of violence to realize lives of choice, safety and freedom. To learn more about their work in Sheridan, visit arcsheridan.org.