'Vagina Monologues' Aids Domestic Violence Programs

'Vagina Monologues' Aids Domestic Violence Programs
“The Vagina Monologues” runs Feb. 10, 16 & 17.

Cal Poly Pomona students have organized performances of Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10, 16 and 17 in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major Suite. The Feb. 16 performance will be in Spanish.

Proceeds will benefit Cal Poly Pomona's Stop Violence Grant Office as well as other programs that address women's issues and domestic violence.

“People will love watching 'The Vagina Monologues,' ” said Keegan Farrell, one of the student organizers. “It's for a good cause and it is such an extraordinary production.”

Cal Poly Pomona's productions will overlap with hundreds of others around the world recognizing V-Day, a campaign to end sexual violence against women and to proclaim Valentine's Day as the day to celebrate women and demand the end of abuse. During V-Day, theatrical and artistic events are produced in local, national and international venues to raise money and awareness about sexual violence.

“I'm thrilled and amazed by how supportive our students, alumni and campus organizations have been,” said Diane Sands, coordinator of the Stop Violence Grant Office at Cal Poly Pomona. “Domestic violence and other women's issues are very complicated and it's essential to get campus-wide support to make sure we keep our campus and our community safe. These special benefit performances will not only be a fun, but also a step toward increasing dialogue.”

In addition to more than a dozen volunteers, sponsors of the event include: the Pride Center, the Cesar E. Chavez Center for High Education, TEAAR (The Education Against Abusive Relationships) Theatre group, Educational Interest Council, Cal Poly Pomona's NOW chapter and ASI BEAT.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 general admission. For more information, call (909) 869-3102.