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Vagina Monologues: Performance to Honor Abused Women World-Wide
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Over thirty female student performers have rehearsed for more than two months for this year’s production of The Vagina Monologues. This year’s performance, directed by Mia Alicata '14, has taken on a new shape. Adding a finale and other routines, Alicata has taken her role of director very seriously and stepped up to do justice to the show.

“Last year was my first experience with the show. Being director this year has allowed me to put my entire passion to end violence towards women into this project,” the Communications major said. “I have the chance to shape my entire vision of the production and to get as much of the campus exposed to these topics as possible. I am so lucky to have been given this opportunity from last year's director, Jenna Griffin.”

This year, the fifteenth anniversary of The Vagina Monologues, marks a monumental undertaking for all involved in. It has been titled One Billion Rising in honor of the over one billion women in the world who have been violated. The purpose of One Billion Rising is to unite all people, not just women, against the violence of sexual assault and abuse.

To support One Billion Rising, each performance group had to put on a separate event corresponding with The Vagina Monologues. As director, Alicata chose to host an Open Mike where all of the students involved in The Vagina Monologues could present their own work. It was an open forum where students could present songs, poems, and other pieces to show their support of One Billion Rising.

“Awareness is key and that is the goal of the show,” stated Alicata. “This show attempts to reach out to anyone sitting in our audience in a few weeks who needs help to escape an abusive situation or someone who doesn't realize how deep their words can cut.”

The Vagina Monologues will be performed Thursday, February 21 at 8 p.m. and Friday, February 22 at 8 p.m. in the Berman Students' Center Theater. All proceeds go to Hope's Door which is a domestic abuse shelter in Pleasantville, NY. Student tickets are $5 and general admission is $7. For more information or to reserve tickets email mvillevagmos2013@gmail.com