DATE:  January 30, 2008
CONTACT: Rhonda Williamson 361.825.2792; or Cassandra Hinojosa 361.825.2337
Women’s Center at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Celebrates 10 Years of V-Day with Performances of ‘The Vagina Monologues’

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Women’s Center for Education and Service at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will present the award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues” Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

“The Vagina Monologues” has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, “The Vagina Monologues” gives voice to women's stories of intimacy, vulnerability, and self-discovery. Eve Ensler’s celebration of female sexuality is a winner of the coveted Obie Award, which each year honors the best off-Broadway theatre productions. This year’s production is directed by Charlcy Moczygemba, a junior theatre major.

This year’s performances mark the 10th anniversary of “V-Day,” a global movement to promote awareness of violence against women and girls including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery. The 'V' in “V-Day” stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

“This show is a hilarious and gut-wrenching piece that will leave you moved and knowing something you didn’t know before you came,” said Rhonda Williamson, director of the University’s Women’s Center. “If you have any doubts about this piece, come see it.”

One in six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime and the statistic is one in four for college-aged women, according to the 2006 the National Crime Victimization Survey.

“Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted,” Williamson said. “Every six hours, a woman is killed by her intimate partner. If we don’t educate and empower women to work at eliminating the violence in their lives, this won’t go away.”

Through “V-Day” campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues” to raise funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. Last year, more than 3,000 “V-Day” benefit events were presented around the world. To date, the V-Day movement has raised more than $50 million and educated millions on the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it. The movement has launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded more than 5,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq.

Since 1995, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Women's Center for Education and Service has worked to improve the well-being of women faculty, staff and students and also works closely with the local community to build a larger network of resources.

Friday’s performance will be preceded by a silent auction. Doors open at 7 p.m. and bidding will continue through intermission. Tickets for the “Vagina Monologues are $10 general admission and $5 for students with SandDollar ID. Special 10-ticket discount blocks are available for $80. All proceeds benefit the programs of the Women's Center. The “Vagina Monologues” is for mature audiences. For more information, call the Women’s Center for Education and Service at 361.825.2792.