Proceeds from Performances Benefit Women’s Organizations in Northeast Pennsylvania
Wilkes University presents a benefit production of the award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues” on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The play will be in the Ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes’ is the only production of the landmark play in northeast Pennsylvania.
Playwright Eve Ensler created the “The Vagina Monologues” based on interviews with more than 200 women. The play is a celebration of feminine strength and sexuality. The New York Times has called it “Probably the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade.”
Proceeds from Wilkes University’s performance benefit the V-Day organization, Victims Resource Center, the Domestic Violence Service Center and Caring Communities. Admission is free for Wilkes students with valid I.D., $5 for non-Wilkes students with valid I.D. and $10 for the general public.
“The Vagina Monologues” gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end all violence against women and girls, including cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities subject to gender-based violence. It is observed annually on Feb. 14. With creativity and determination, V-activists around the world work tirelessly to end harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery. Each year, V-Day also focuses on a particular issue or the experiences of a particular group of women. In 2019, V-Day’s global spotlight campaign focuses on women in prisons and jails, detention centers, and formerly incarcerated women.
Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of “The Vagina Monologues,” translated into over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater and on London’s West End. The play ran for over 10 years in the U.K., Mexico and France.