“The Vagina Monologues,” an episodic play written by Eve Ensler and performed by women, is coming to The University of Toledo to raise money and awareness to help prevent violence against women.
This year’s show is sponsored by the UT Sexual Assault and Education Prevention Program, and proceeds will benefit the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter.
Performances will take place Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in UT’s Scott Park Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission and can be purchased at the door or at People Called Women, a Toledo bookstore located at 6060 Renaissance Place.
V-Day is an initiative started by Ensler. It is described as “a global movement to end violence against women and girls,” according to vday.org. Thousands of V-Day benefits take place in the United States and around the world each year. The play features several monologues that touch on various topics of the female experience.
“There are a number of returning cast members, and many new people joining us, too. This year it also looks like we’ll have [American Sign Language] interpreters to enhance the experience in a new and accessible way,” said Alcy Barakat, a graduate student in the Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, who is directing the performance for the second year.
A resource fair will be held prior to the show beginning at 6 p.m. outside of the auditorium. It will feature local organizations and businesses owned and operated by women.