Twenty-one Illinois College students and faculty members will present “The Vagina Monologues” in an effort to stop violence against women and girls through the national V-Day movement. The performances will be offered Friday, February 18, and Saturday, February 19, at 7 p.m. in McGaw Fine Arts Center’s Sibert Theatre.
As author Eve Ensler performed her Obie-Award winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” in small towns and large cities all around the world, she witnessed the destructive personal, social, political and economic consequences violence has on women. Hundreds of women told her their stories of rape, incest, domestic battery and genital mutilation. A group of women in New York joined her in demanding that violence must end, founding V-Day in 1998.
Illinois College annually presents “The Vagina Monologues,” a play based on Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. Donations will be encouraged at that door, with all proceeds benefiting the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault, a local not-for-profit agency that provides services to sexual assault and sexual abuse victims, families and friends.
Students from the area in the cast include Alisia McCowan of Jacksonville, Anna Booher of Springfield, Heidi Bruce of Virden, Cori Garthaus of Mt. Sterling, Logan Giesing of Quincy and Bethany Wright of Sherman. Other cast members include professors Beth Capo and Kelly Dagan, Laurel Berkel, Mariah Davidson, Rebecca Dunlap, Jenifer Fortney, Kelsey Gathman, Danielle Lees, Kelsey McFarren, Taylor Molandro, Lillian Moller-Jacobs, Heather Sievers, Kim Wilcox and Jennifer Yeoward. Stacy Price is serving as student director.
Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.