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by Deb

Our guest on Voices and Choices, Tues., Feb. 17, 2009, 9-10pm EST, is one of the directors of CWRU's production of Eve Ensler's piece, The Vagina Monologues. (See bottom for show days and times.)

In case you haven't guessed from its title, the play is various monologues about vaginas.

Except, it's not quite that simple.

While some may bristle at Ensler's title or topic and/or her life's work, for that matter, I find it more amazing that some people might not even want to open their hearts to hear the stories Ensler shares with us.

Ensler explains the concept for what came to be known as The Vagina Monologues began in 1993. It started when she saw a photograph on a newsstand of six young women who recently returned from a rape camp in Bosnia. That's when she knew she had to go to Bosnia and interview women and girls.

After conducting over 200 interviews with women/girls, in Bosnia and other places, about their views on sex, relationships and violence against women/girls,  Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues to "celebrate the vagina."

Two years later, in 1998, Ensler launched an international movement known as V-Day, which takes place on a yearly basis from Feb. 1--March 31. All proceeds of the benefit performances go toward anti-violence groups who help women/girls. The goal: To stop violence against women/girls.

CWRU's production of Eve Ensler's piece The Vagina Monologues  is being presented at

Amasa Stone Chapel (on the corner of Euclid Ave. and Adelbert Rd.) 

Thurs. - Sat., Feb. 19-21, 2009 at 8pm




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