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Women's Studies to participate in V-Day movement with student play

For the fourth consecutive year, the Womens Studies program at Austin Peay State University will participate in V-Day, a worldwide movement to stop violence against females.

As part of the effort, a student production of The Vagina Monologues will be presented at 7 tonight and Wednesday, March 1 in Clement Auditorium. About 30 APSU students are involved in the play, either through production or performance.

The presentation, which is open to the public, is intended for mature audiences.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Women's Studies program at Austin Peay State University will participate in V-Day, a worldwide movement to stop violence against females.

As part of the effort, a student production of “The Vagina Monologues” will be presented at 7 tonight and Wednesday, March 1 in Clement Auditorium. About 30 APSU students are involved in the play, either through production or performance.

The presentation, which is open to the public, is intended for mature audiences.

Admission is $5 a person, or $3 with a donated toiletry item — such as soap or toothbrush — that will be given to Safehouse, a women's crisis shelter in Clarksville.

“The Vagina Monologues” by playwright-performer-activist Eve Ensler is based on Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women's strength, according to the V-Day Web site.

Ensler's experience with the performance inspired her to create V-Day, which encourages fund raising for local groups within communities. It generally is celebrated Feb. 14; however, volunteer groups can select a subsequent date in February, if needed, to observe V-Day.
APSU will be among 1,150 colleges and communities globally to participate in V-Day, said Dr. Jill Eichhorn, associate professor and coordinator of Women's Studies. The movement has been observed annually at Austin Peay since 2002.

For more information about “The Vagina Monologues,” contact Eichhorn by telephone at (931) 221-6314 or by e-mail at eichhornje@apsu.edu. To learn more about V-Day, visit the Web site at www.vday.org. -- Melony Leazer