February 19, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. — For the 12th year, more than 40 women from Amherst College and the local community will stage Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues on Thursday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 1, at 1 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of the college’s Converse Hall. All three productions will be followed by performances of pieces written by the women in the cast, and all ticket and raffle proceeds will benefit the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT), a nonprofit organization in Greenfield, Mass., that provides services for survivors of rape and domestic abuse.

The monologues, which were first performed off-Broadway by Ensler, explore the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Famous personalities who have participated in productions of the show include Kate Winslet, Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Queen Latifah, Whoopi Goldberg and Cate Blanchett. In Amherst’s staging, the pieces will be read by students, staff, faculty and members of the local community.
While admission to the show does not require a ticket, donations of $10 from the general public and $5 from students are suggested. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the event for $2 each. Seat reservations are recommended; e-mail ACVaginaMonologues@gmail.com before Feb. 25.

The performances are sponsored by the Amherst Student Association, Amherst College Gender Collaborative Groups and Student Activities. For more information, call 413/542-8106 or contact Gretchen Krull at gakrull@amherst.edu.