The University of Southern Indiana Philosophy Club and V-Day USI will present a benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 in Forum III in the Wright Administration Building on the USI campus. Doors open at 6:40 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at the door for $8.
The reading is being staged to recognize the 20th anniversary of the debut of The Vagina Monologues and as part of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls through the staging of benefit readings of The Vagina Monologues and other performances. USI has hosted a benefit reading of Ensler’s play since 2007.
“In an era of #metoo, we truly hope the Evansville community will turn out to make V-Day a day of real victory over violence against women and girls,” said Dr. Mary Lyn Stoll, associate professor of philosophy and V-Day USI coordinator. “We can show our love to all of the women in our lives by helping to support this event.”
Ninety percent of proceeds from the reading will be donated to Willow Tree of Posey County, working to help women and girls coping with sexual assault and domestic violence. The remaining 10 percent will go to the V-Day Rise 2018 Campaign.
Performers in the benefit reading include USI faculty members Lindsey Greer, Grace Howard and Stoll; USI students Chiamaka Atuegbu, Erica Buechlein, Elsie Carter Keith, Morgan Dale, Maya Doss, Samantha Haas, Zoie Hunter, Skyler Kemp, Kelsie Loos, August Powell, Cristine Pyle, Lindsey Stahl, Cheyenne Welte, Lauren Wojcuicj, Yasmeen Yennes and Christie York; USI alumna Gerlyn Murrell and community member Kennedy Jessup.