V-Day 2012: One Billion Rising

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The Vagina Monologues at UVA

February 24th – 26th

8pm @ the Chemistry Auditorium

Tickets are $5 at the door, $4 on the lawn

T-shirts are $10, Ticket and T-shirt $12

Proceeds to benefit the White Ribbon Campaign at UVa

For the last several  years, Spectrum Theatre has laughed, cried, and learned a lot about ourselves and the issues facing women today as we have proudly performed The Vagina Monologues at the University of Virginia. Whether you’re a newcomer to V-Day or a Vagina Veteran, you may be surprised to learn that The Vagina Monologues is just one part of the global V-Day movement. From a performance standpoint, there are many shows from which to choose. Any One of Us: Words from Prison is a poignant piece about the link between women in prisons and the violence that too often brings them there. The statistics are staggering and V-Day strives to change them. A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer is authored by many prominent activists and discusses a variety of women’s issues. Much like the Monologues, these shows are both funny and heart-wrenching, telling a story that is too-often kept quiet.

Beyond the performances, V-Day sponsors many workshops, seminars and videos to educate the public about domestic violence. From its humble beginnings, V-Day has evolved to include men and women, young and old. In the Middle East and Africa, V-Day combats violence at the grassroots level. The campaign is responsible for some of the first shelters for women in Egypt and Iraq.

This year, the V-Day campaign has begun a new initiative: “One Billion Rising.” For the 15th anniversary of V-Day, they are challenging one billion people to stand up and stand against violence done to women. Of the 7 billion people on the planet, half are women. One third of women are beaten or raped in their lifetime. But despite the many hardships women face, organizations like V-Day can help them put their lives back together. Spectrum Theatre is proud to be a part of this movement.


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