Cal Poly Pomona will take a different spin on Valentine's Day by staging its eighth annual production of Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues.”
Cal Poly Pomona will present the benefit production on Feb. 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Major suite. In addition, a Spanish language production will be on Feb. 16, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cal Poly Pomona is a part of the 2008 V-Day movement, where groups worldwide use Valentine's Day to remind communities that love shouldn't hurt. The play is staged around the world in numerous languages to raise funds for and heighten awareness about ending violence against women and girls.
Proceeds from the university's performances of “The Vagina Monologues” will go toward the Stop Violence Office and Cesar Chavez Center for Higher Education to support programs that address violence against women in diverse communities.
This year's production will be dedicated to the memory of Monica Thomas-Harris, a local Upland resident with ties to the Cal Poly Pomona community. Thomas-Harris was kidnapped and murdered by her estranged husband, Curtis Bernard Harris, in January.
“This wasn't one thing that happened to one person. Monica's story needs to be shared because it's a reminder of the serious consequences of domestic violence,” said Erika Zepeda, assistant coordinator of the Stop Violence Office. “We need to take steps as a community to address these issues, whether it's honoring her memory or serving as advocates against violence.”
“The Vagina Monologues” is sponsored by the Stop Violence Office, the Cesar Chavez Center for Higher Education and ASI Beat.
Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Erika Zepeda at (909) 869-3790. For information in Spanish, call (909) 869-5035.