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SVCC to Produce 'Vagina Monologues' as Part of 'Week without Violence'

March 2009

Sauk Valley Community College will feature a special production of The Vagina Monologues on Thursday, April 23, Friday, April 24; and Friday, April 25th, in the Mathis Theatre.

The performances will highlight a variety of programming for A Week without Violence, which is part of a 2009 V-Day College Campaign to raise money for local organizations that work to prevent and end violence against women.

Auditions will be held during Sauk’s spring break (Monday, March 9, through Friday, March 13). Auditions will be at noon on Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10; and at 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday March 11; and Thursday, March 12, in the Mathis Theatre. In addition to performing roles, there are also openings for those interested in behind-the-scenes work with the production.

“As part of any V-Day campaign we are granted the rights to perform The Vagina Monologues at no charge so we can use the performance to raise money for violence prevention,” explained Jennifer Salamone, SVCC counselor who is directing and producing V-Day 2009 at Sauk. “Last year, as a community campaign, V-Day Dixon raised $3,474 for the YWCA of the Sauk Valley. This year we will again donate to the YWCA and we will also designate a scholarship for Sauk students.”

The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, is an Obie Award-winning play that has been staged internationally and produced as an HBO special. In 1998, Ensler founded V-Day, a global nonprofit group to benefit local women's anti-violence groups through benefits from productions of The Vagina Monologues. The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women.

For those who cannot attend any of scheduled audition times but are interested in auditioning, call 815/288-5511, ext. 334.