Tahlequah Daily Press

February 18, 2014

‘Monologues’ production to aid CASA


TAHLEQUAH — On March 14-15, V-Day Tahlequah will present a two-night, one-afternoon benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” at Tahlequah Armory Municipal Building, 100 N. Water.

This year, proceeds from the reading will benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cherokee Country.

“I think it’s kind of cool. I was very surprised and pleased to learn the project would be benefiting CASA,” said Jo Prout, CASA executive director.

Auditions for the “Vagina Monologues” will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 from 2-5 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5-7 p.m. at the CASA office, 304 W. Keetoowah St. Woman are sought to read monologues or perform music.

In 2013, more than 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising funds and awareness toward ending violence against women. These highly successful events raised over $5 million through performances of “The Vagina Monologues”; readings from V-Day’s “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” and “Any One Of Us: Words From Prison”; and screenings of V-Day’s documentary “Until The Violence Stops” and the PBS documentary “What I Want My Words To Do To You.”

According to organizers, Tahlequah has joined this global movement as part of the V-Day 2014 Tahlequah Campaign.

This special benefit performance is presented this year as part of V-Day’s campaign One Billion Rising for Justice, a global call for women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in places where they are entitled to justice: courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe, but too often do not.

The women are encouraged to release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, sit-ins, and testimonies.

“The Vagina Monologues” will be performed at Tahlequah Municipal Armory Building, on Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m. A Saturday matinee is slated for March 15 at 1 p.m., and a Saturday evening performance at 7 p.m.

Reserved seating is available for $7 a ticket before March 12 and can be purchase through the website at www.vdaytahlequah.org.

After March 10, tickets will be available at the door for $10 for adults and $8 for students with a valid college I.D.

To learn more about V-Day Tahlequah, call (918) 207-8326 or visit www.vdaytahlequah.org. To learn more about V-Day and its worldwide campaigns visit www.vday.org.