February 10, 2011
CSUMB's student organization dedicated to preventing violence against women, EMPOWER, hosts a production of The Vagina Monologues as part of the global V-Day campaign, an activist movement to stop violence against women and girls that has developed around Eve Ensler's play.
Producer Brittany Land, a junior studying psychology, says one esepcially poignant piece is about an activist who was killed in the earthquake in Haiti. "We want everyone to hear the message that women have a strength to overcome things that have happened to them in the past. Even if a woman is dependent, they still know how to stand up for themselves," Land says.
Some actors have also been discussing Egyptian women who have been among the lead organizers in protests in Cairo over the past two weeks, and "are really encouraged by the strength that the women have," Land says.
CSUMB's production is student-run, student-directed and features 34 student actors, all women. As part of the V-Day fundraiser, a portion of EMPOWER's proceeds will go to Monterey County Planned Parenthood and to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.
In March, CSUMB will produce another play by Ensler, A Memory, a Monologues, a Rant, and a Prayer, as part of the school's V-Day outreach.
Feb. 10, 11 and 12 at 8 pm World Theater on Sixth Avenue $12 general admission; $7 students with ID and seniors Free parking 582-4580 or csumb.edu/worldtheater for tickets