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 Redhawks Rising.

Southeast students will present a production of “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer” at noon outside of Rowdy’s in the Towers Complex. This groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle, examines the insidiousness of violence at all levels – brutality, neglect, a punch and even a put-down.

After the production, members of Southeast’s football team will present a special reading of “Man Prayer.” This production explores the role men have in violence prevention, and promotes positive masculinity.

Later that evening, Southeast faculty, staff and students, under the direction of Roxanne Wellington, assistant professor of theatre and dance, will present a one-night benefit reading of 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 play, first performed off-Broadway and in locations around the world, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement in women’s experience. V-Day grew out of the play, which exploded onto the scene in 1998, breaking taboos about women’s sexuality and shattering silence about violence done to women and girls. This production contains adult content.

V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. 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. This year’s V-Day call to action is to Rise, Resist and Unite.

“V-Day events represent an opportunity to amplify survivor voices, educate, and change laws and policies to protect women and girls,” said Donna St. Sauver, coordinator of the Campus Violence Prevention Program. “The Southeast community is coming together this V-Day in two artistic uprisings to raise awareness and create a culture where survivors are supported and students are educated on violence prevention.”

Donations collected at each performance will be used to support the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence (SEMO-NASV) and the One Billion Rising, St. Sauver said.

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.