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Students perform, direct Vagina Monologues

Friday, February 4, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—A reading of a world-renowned play recounting women's sexual experiences will be staged at Hood College, Feb. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. in Rosenstock Hall's Hodson Auditorium.

Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" will be read and directed by Hood students. The Obie Award-winning play is a compilation of real stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual self-discovery from hilarious and heartbreaking interviews Ensler conducted with more than 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality.

Tickets, which are free for Hood students and $5 for general admission, may be purchased at the door beginning at 5 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Merchandise related to the production also will be sold at the performances.

The performance at Hood will be one of many similar performances at colleges and universities around the world participating in this year's 13th anniversary of the V-Day campaign, a global grassroots movement that promotes events to increase awareness, change social attitudes and assist anti-violence organizations.

V-Day, a nonprofit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. Since 1998, the V-Day movement has raised more than $80 million and in 2001, the corporation was named one of Worth Magazine’s 100 Best Charities.

Ninety percent of all proceeds from this performance will benefit the Heartly House, which provides services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in the Frederick area; 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit women and girls of Haiti, the focus of this year's V-Day campaign.

For more information about Hood's performance, contact Lindsay Cogdill at lindsaykc89@gmail.com; or Tiffany Favers, area coordinator for living learning and diversity initiatives, at favers@hood.edu or by phone at (301) 696-3577.