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Vagina Monologues to be Performed at Austin College
Article By: by Austin College
Posted: 2/8/2012 Views: 3792  Impressions: 29571
Categories: Education, Entertainment: The Arts



SHERMAN, TEXAS-The Austin College theatre program will present a benefit performance reading of Eve Ensler's play, The Vagina Monologues, on February 15 at 7:30 p.m. as the cornerstone of campus participation in the 2012 V-Day Campaign, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. The performance will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Ida Green Theatre of Ida Green Communication Center. Tickets will be available for $8 to the general public, $5 for Austin College students, with all proceeds benefitting a Sherman organization that assists women.

Subject matter is suitable to a mature audience, as the play explores the humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage, and excitement in women's experiences, including violence. Explicit language is used.

Tickets will be on sale at the box office the night of the performance and in Wright Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m. on February 9-10 and 13-14 and at the box office the night of the performance.

The production will be directed by Kathleen Campbell, professor of theatre, with sophomore Jessica Pehrson of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, as stage manager. Ida Green Theatre technician Andy Williams is lighting designer, and Frank McStay, a 2011 graduate serving as an assistant with the College's Posey Leadership Institute, is sound designer. Sophomore Conner Skinner of Hallsville, Texas, will run sound for the performances, which also will be signed for the hearing impaired by junior Hillary Van Ness of Corona Del Mar, California, also a member of the cast.

Student members of the cast are:

Amy Anderson of Austin, Texas, daughter of Brian and Linda Anderson;

Madeline Cohn of Pottsboro, Texas, daughter of George and Selina Nabholtz;

Brittnay Connor of Carrollton, Texas;

Stefany Cruz of Plano, Texas, daughter of Maria Vicente and Manuel Cruz;

Madison "Maddy" Fouga of Fort Worth, Texas, daughter of Nancy and Steve Fouga;

Danielle "Dani" Henricks of Round Rock, Texas, daughter of David and Michele Henricks;

Mary Caroline Ingram of Southlake, Texas, daughter of Tracy Ingram and Andy Ingram;

Elizabeth "Lizzy" Lincoln of Round Rock, Texas, daughter of Charles and Caren Lincoln;

Emma Merlo of Belton, Texas, daughter of Joseph and Barbara Merlo;

Kara Murphy of Dallas, Texas, daughter of Bob and Margo Murphy;

Anika Payne of Fort Worth, Texas, daughter of Jennifer Nichols and Ted Nichols-Payne;

Rachel Riess of Plano, Texas, daughter of Mike and Lisa Riess;

Stephanie Schultz of Whitewright, Texas, daughter of Scott and Glenda Schultz;

Hillary Van Ness of Corona Del Mar, California, son of Dawn Van Ness and Mark Van Ness;

Chianti Walker of Gilmer, Texas, daughter of Allen A.K. Walker, Jr. Tameggie Jones;

Sarah Wilhelm of Arlington, Texas, daughter of Susan Chandler and Alan Wilhelm; and

Elizabeth "Libby" Wise of Fairview, Texas, daughter of Rick and Janet Wise.

Faculty and staff participating in the cast are Vanessa Baker, adjunct assistant professor of theatre;
Liz Banks, assistant professor of theatre; Renee Countryman, assistant professor of psychology; and Megan Kinkade, coordinator of advancement communications.


Additional funds will be raised through a campus cupcake sale. Additionally, Until the Violence Stops, a documentary about Eve Ensler and the V-Day movement, will be presented at no charge at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, in Hoxie Thompson Auditorium of Sherman Hall. A question-and-answer session will follow with Megan McCullough, adjunct instructor in media studies; Jeremy Posadas, instructor in religious studies; and Rose Rothmeier, dean of student services and counseling.

The Kappa social sorority, led by president Ali Fritsche, a senior from Gilmer, Texas, is assisting the theatre program with the organization of V-Day events.

In 2011, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. Performance is just the beginning; V-Day stages large-scale benefits and produces innovative gatherings, films, and campaigns to educate and change social attitudes towards violence against women.

The V-Day movement is growing at a rapid pace throughout the world, in 140 countries from Europe to Asia, Africa and the Caribbean and all of North America. V-Day, a non-profit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. In 2001, V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities," in 2006 one of Marie Claire Magazine's Top Ten Charities, and in 2010 was named as one of the Top-Rated organizations on GreatNonprofits. In 11 years, the V-Day movement has raised more than $85 million.

The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope's influential book Colleges That Change Lives.




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