The Flynn in February: The Vagina Monologues

The Vagina Monologues is not only a ground-breaking, eye-opening evening of entertainment, it’s a show helping to increase awareness and raise millions of dollars for organizations working towards stopping violence against women and girls and helping those survivors of violence. Born in 1998, V-Day was created as an outgrowth of The Vagina Monologues. As Eve Ensler performed The Vagina Monologues in small towns and large cities all over the world, she saw and heard about first hand terrible and massive consequences of violence towards women and girls, as hundreds of them told their stories of rape, incest, domestic battery and genital mutilation. It was clear that something major and dramatic needed to be done. A group of women in New York joined with Eve and founded V-Day. V-Day (celebrated on or around Valentine’s Day) is a global movement to end violence against women and girls by increasing awareness and raising money for anti-violence organizations. The Vagina Monologues is the centerpiece of annual V-Day events on college campuses and in theatres in cities around the world. The “V” in V-Day is for Valentine, Violence, and obviously, Vagina. During February/March of 2002, over 800 productions of The Vagina Monologues took place to raise awareness for V-Day. In 2003, over 1,000 productions are expected. In every city in which the North American tour performs, a certain percentage of the proceeds are donated to V-Day. In return, V-Day gives back to the city where the money was raised. Local presenters of The Vagina Monologues seek out and connect with local non-profit organizations that are also working towards ending violence against women and girls and helping those women and girls who have been survivors of violence, both on a physical and mental level, such as rape crisis centers, women’s shelters, and other local organizations. At least half of the money that is donated to V-Day in each city are returned to the designated local non-profit, with the other half going to international organizations. More info regarding The Vagina Monologues and the V-Day movement can be found at www.vaginamonologues.com and www.vday.com. The Vagina Monologues will be shown at The Flynn on Friday, February 21 at 8 pm and Saturday, February 22 at 4 pm and 8 pm. -Press Release