Southeast Hosting V-Day Benefit Performances Feb. 14

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Southeast Missouri State University will observe V-Day Feb. 14 with benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues” and “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer,” hosted by Southeast’s Campus Violence Prevention Program and Counseling and Disability Services.

“V-Day events represent an opportunity to raise awareness around the intersection of violence against women and healthy sexuality,” said Donna St. Sauver, coordinator of the Campus Violence Prevention Program. “We invite the Southeast and local community to these two artistic uprisings as well as our survivor speak out, ‘SEMO Rising.’”

Southeast students will present a production of “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer” at noon Feb. 14 on Kent Library’s main floor near the south entry. This groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle, examines the insidiousness of interpersonal violence at all levels – brutality, neglect, a punch and even a put-down. Southeast’s production is directed by first-year graduate student Holly Lynn of Scott City, Missouri, who is pursuing her Master of Arts in English.

That evening, Southeast faculty, staff and students, under the direction of student Alex Burke, a senior theatre major with an acting option of Jackson, Missouri, will present a one-night benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play “The Vagina Monologues” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Robert. F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

“The Vagina Monologues,” first performed off-Broadway and in locations around the world, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement in women’s experiences. V-Day grew out of the play, which exploded onto the scene in 1998, breaking taboos about women’s sexuality and shattering the silence around violence against women and girls. This production contains adult content.

Southeast will celebrate “SEMO Rising” at 7 p.m. on April 25 at Academic Terraces.

“In 2012, Ensler’s added ‘One Billion Rising’ to her global campaign, and ‘SEMO Rising’ is the local event where we create a safe space to empower survivors to share their narratives,” St. Sauver said.

In addition to the survivor speak out, “SEMO Rising” will feature a community dance and a candle vigil for survivors who lost their lives to violence. Over the past two decades, communities and college campuses in more than 200 countries and territories have staged V-Day benefit performances, artistic works, campaigns and risings.

Donations collected at each performance will be used to support the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence (SEMO-NASV) and the global “One Billion Rising” campaign.

For more information about Southeast’s V-Day events, call (573) 986-6899 or email cvpp@semo.edu.

To learn more about V-Day and its campaigns, visit www.vday.org.

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