Mount Holyoke College will join the V-Day 2007 College Campaign with two performances of The Vagina Monologues Friday, February 16, at 8 pm and Saturday, February 17, at 2 pm in Chapin Auditorium. Eve Ensler's modern female-empowering masterpiece has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "not just a play anymore [but] a social movement." The MHC shows will be $5 at the door; all proceeds will go to the local charity Womanshelter/Compañeras and to this year's V-Day campaign spotlight: women in conflict zones. Doors will open an hour before the shows begin so that audience members may visit tables representing different women's groups in the community, including the MHC chapter of Planned Parenthood and the student organization VIVA (Vivacious Vagina Activists). The performances are open to the public.
The V-Day Campaign (the "V" stands for Victory, Valentine, and Vagina) is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sexual slavery. The V-Day movement is growing at a rapid pace throughout the world and is active in 90 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and North America.
The College Campaign invites members of college and university communities around the world to present V-Day benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues on their campuses on or around V-Day (February 14) to raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls. In 2006, more than 2,700 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world. One of the goals of the College Campaign is to empower young people--the leaders, shapers, and messengers of the future.
While raising awareness in the world, the V-Day Campaign has entertainment as its core. Ensler's The Vagina Monologues has been translated into more than 45 languages and is running in theaters all over the world, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway's Westside Theater and on London's West End. Ensler's performance in The Vagina Monologues can be seen in the HBO original documentary of the play (2002). Based on Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women, the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strengths with humor and grace.
Ensler is the recipient of many awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Playwriting, the Berrilla-Kerr Award for Playwriting, the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, and the Jury Award for Theater at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, as well as the 2002 Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award for Leadership and The Matrix Award (2002).