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UM-Flint to Present Performance of ‘The Vagina Monologues’

Ellen Bommarito LGBTQ Center

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UM-Flint will present a twentieth anniversary celebration of The Vagina Monologues on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. in the UM-Flint Theatre.  The play, by Eve Ensler, will be performed by staff, faculty, and students. Based on over 200 interviews, the play allows women to present stories of sexual violence, self-discovery, and sexual intimacy.

“It’s been 20 years since V-Day was founded,” said Jen Salamone, program director at the Ellen Bommarito LGBTQ Center. “V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

“V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery. Twenty years ago, women’s reactions to The Vagina Monologues launched V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls.”

Admission to the performance is free. Reservations may be made by calling the UM-Flint Ticket Center at 810-237-7333 or by visiting go.umflint.edu/gettickets.

The play is co-sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance, the Department of Women and Gender Studies, the Ellen Bommarito LGBTQ Center, and the Women’s Educational Center.

“For almost 20 years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls,“ said Salamone. “Today, the movement. and the V-Day activists worldwide at its core, is more active than ever. It is promoting art for social change, activating communities & colleges, raising crucial funds for rape crisis shelters, domestic violence shelters, local programs for transgender youth at risk of sexual violence, for immigrant women and girls, and so much more reflecting the needs of specific communities.”

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