FEB. 11, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues," will be performed by a combined cast of students and faculty on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, in the Dore Theatre on the California State University Bakersfield campus as part of V-Day 2003. Proceeds from the $10 admission price will benefit the Alliance Against Family Violence. SaturdayŪs performance begins at 7 p.m., and SundayŪs at 2 p.m.

"The Vagina Monologues," which enjoyed a three-year sold-out run off Broadway, and most recently a two-year run in Los Angeles, is a controversial, poignant, and sometimes hilarious tour of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery.  The play covers topics as varying and disturbing as molestation, the plight of Islamic women under the terrorist reign of the Taliban in Afghanistan, to issues as lighthearted as first date encounters.

JoLane Blaylock, president of the Women's Network at California State University Bakersfield, is again producing and directing the performance as part of the nation-wide V-Day celebration aimed at stopping violence against women. She said the V-Day college productions of žThe Vagina MonologuesÓ are non-commercial, non-professional productions. žOne of the goals of the college campaign is to empower young people - the leaders, shapers and messengers of the future,Ó Blaylock said.

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual slavery against women and girls.

V-Day is also a day - on or around Valentine's Day - for which annual theatrical and artistic events are produced around the world to transform consciousness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. For the V-Day College Campaign colleges and universities around the world are invited to present benefit productions of "The Vagina Monologues" on their campuses to raise awareness and money to stop violence against women and girls. Funds raised by the V-Day productions are donated directly by the schools to local organizations that are working to stop violence against women.

For more information, please contact Blaylock at (661) 549-6974, or CSUB professor Jane Granskog at 661/664-3117.