Vagina Monologues hope to end violence against women

Julia Hettiger, Staff Reporter

V-day will be hosting their annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler on April 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24, and productions will be offered  in both English and Spanish. The play follows six diverse women on a journey of a forbidden zone. All proceeds of the production will be donated to the YWCA Paso Del Norte Region, Center for Against Family Violence and Sexual Trauma and Response Services.

“The Vagina Monologues” is an award-winning play by actress-writer Eve Ensler, author of “The Good Body” and “Lemonade.” The play originally aired at the Off-Broadway Westside Theatre in 1996, and since  then has been adapted into different versions including a television adaptation and a 2002 film.

V-day is a global activist movement whose goal is to end violence against women and girls. The movement has successfully hosted events to help increase awareness, raise money for organizations with similar causes and generate awareness of crimes against women.

V-day’s goal is to end violence against women and girls through creative projects and events that help raise money and awareness for victims and organizations in the fight against violence. The production of The Vagina Monologues is an annual event curated by V-day in El Paso.

“We’re very honored and excited to be able to raise awareness and funds for three organizations this year,” Alexander Wright, public relations coordinator at El Paso Playhouse, said. “Last year we were able to contribute $2,250 to the Center Against Family Violence. If we are able to do this or better for each agency, that would be a tremendous achievement.”

Many of the organizations V-day helps rely on grants and funds to assist women who are victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence crimes.

“It’s very important that we are able to have sold-out shows at every performance so that we could assist them with as much funding as possible,” Wright said.

Wright said the previous two years’ productions have produced positive results.

“The popularity of the show and the awareness of the cause have proven to be a plus,” Wright said.  “We’re cautiously optimistic that we continue to have a positive turnout for both the auditions and attendees.”

For more information call the El Paso Playhouse at 915-532-1317.

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