Feb. 10, 2014. This week, Appalachian State University and Lees-McRae College will both host performances of The Vagina Monologues in celebration of V-Day.
The Vagina Monologues is a benefit performance, put on by ASU’s Women’s Center, and a keystone event for the V-Day movement.
V-Day is a global activist movement to end the violence experienced by women and girls around the world. The Vagina Monologues is a program made up of several monologues performed by a number of women touching on a wide array of aspects of the feminine experience such as sex, love, rape, mutilation, masturbation, orgasm and the various names for the vagina.
This event is celebrated to promote creativity, increase awareness of women’s issues, and benefit women’s centers and shelters. This year, all the proceeds will be donated to Oasis, a local non-profit organization serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Watauga and surrounding counties.
The Vagina Monologues will be performed in the Parkway Ballroom of the Student Union this year on Feb. 12, 13 and 14. Come on out and show your support! This event is celebrates to promote creativity, increase awareness
On Friday, Feb. 14, Lees-McRae will host The Vagina Monologues at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center. This performance contains mature subject matter and is open to the public. Donations of at least one dollar are required and proceeds will benefit OASIS of Avery County. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Based on V.-Day Founder and playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women, this play celebrates women’s sexuality and strength with humor and grace. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than 12 years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.
“This piece of activist work has been close to my heart since I performed it my sophomore year [at Lees-McRae],” said Destini Fleming, Lees-McRae student and co-director of The Vagina Monologues.
“I along with my fellow directors – Cassie Schulz, Somber Johnson and Ashley Piercy – feel passionately about stopping violence against women and fighting for women’s rights. This inspiring performance presents issues that are not usually discussed in our area. Violence against women happens all over the world, but is incredibly important to remember that it happens right here in Avery County as well. I am very proud of our volunteers, the cast of twenty women and everyone’s willingness to bring this important piece of theatre to life at Lees-McRae.”
Ninety percent of the donations from this event will benefit OASIS of Avery County, an organization that has spent more than 30 years serving victims of abuse and violence in Watauga and Avery Counties. Services provided by OASIS include confidential emergency shelter, short-term crisis counseling, safety planning, support groups, educational programs and much more.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 850 students hailing from 40 states and more than 10 countries, Lees-McRae’s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning with an emphasis in leadership and service. For more information, please visit www.lmc.edu.