February 13, 2015 • Anonymous
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"The Vagina Monologues" will be performed at Manhattanville College for its fourth consecutive year, starting Thursday, Feb. 19.
As in past years, the production will be a benefit performance to support the global activist V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls. The funds raised during the show will be donated to Hope’s Door, a local organization that supports victims of domestic violence.
The play, written by Eve Ensler in 1996, was inspired by the real stories of 200 women who were interviewed at the time.
Sydney Russo ‘15 has been part of the show since her freshmen year, and this year is leading the 33 students participating. She says that taking part in this movement has changed her life.
“Every time I’m in this show I feel empowered, important, and respected by everyone. Throughout the years I’ve realized that I’m allowed to feel like that all the time and women are allowed to feel like that all the time,” she said, “What I love about 'The Vagina Monologues' is that it covers everything: it goes from sex, to rape, to going to the Gynecologist. It gets people talking.”
According to Russo, this year’s play will involve the audience more, and engage in the use of props. It will also be set in a café, and the theme will revolve around that setting.
“The Vagina Monologues' is a way of finding yourself by listening to stories about women who couldn't find themselves,” states Queens native and business management major Michelle Fajardo ‘16.
About her participation in the show, dance major Amanda Sirakowski ‘16 states, “The Vagina Monologues' encourages the empowerment of all females to stand up for what they believe in and to be true to who they are. It has been amazing to be a part of something so important.”
"The Vagina Monologues" will be performed on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 8:30 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Berman Center Theater. For ticket reservations, please contact email@example.com. Tickets will be $5 for students and $7 for general admission.
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