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ODU Production of 'The Vagina Monologues' Takes the Stage Feb. 8-10

The cast of Old Dominion's second annual production of "The Vagina Monologues" gathered in Webb Center Thursday evening for a group photo in advance of their upcoming performances, Feb. 8-10 (see photo below).

"The Vagina Monologues," which honors the stories of women worldwide, features a cast of 23 ODU students, one faculty member and a special guest member from the community. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts.

The ODU Women's Center, in the spirit of V-Day, the global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls, is sponsoring the benefit production.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Information Desk in Webb Center from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays. All proceeds will go to the V-Day 2013 Spotlight Campaign and to ODU community partner Response Sexual Assault Support Services of the YWCA.

An episodic play written by Eve Ensler that celebrates women's sexuality and strength through wit and grace, while bringing attention to sexual violence against women, "The Vagina Monologues" debuted in 1996 and has since been performed at venues throughout the world. The ODU Women's Center staged a production on campus a year ago, and now celebrates ODU V-Day as an annual event.

Joann Bautti, assistant director of the Women's Center and responsible for ODU's SAFE (Sexual Assault Free Environment), is back as co-director of the 90-minute production, which includes the reading of 16 monologues. ODU student Elizabeth Warren, who is featured in this year's production, is also back as co-director.

"We are so excited to bring this empowering and transformative production back to ODU. 'The Vagina Monologues' is one of those rare times when women are front and center speaking their truth - on behalf of other women, with other women, for other women and, most importantly, for themselves," Bautti said.

"The ODU community is in for a treat as the power of voice comes alive with a brand new cast and new monologues. One Billion Rising is the theme for V-Day this year, and our production will inspire all in attendance to rise up and join the global movement to end sexual violence," she added.

Since 1998 "The Vagina Monologues" has been associated with V-Day, a global nonprofit movement that raises money for women's anti-violence organizations.

"With the right resources and support, women who have been victimized by sexual assault can begin the healing process and reclaim their lives. 'The Vagina Monologues' is a testament to the courage and strength of every woman who has taken and will take the journey from victim to survivor to thriver," Bautti said.

For more information about "The Vagina Monologues," contact the Women's Center at 683-4109 or womenctr@odu.edu, or visit http://www.odu.edu/womenscenter.


"The ODU community is in for a treat as the power of voice comes alive with a brand new cast and new monologues," says the production's co-director, Joann Bautti (first row, fourth from right), assistant director of the Women's Center. Photo by Christopher McCain

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