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UMFK Performing Arts presentation of The Vagina Monologues rescheduled to February 18; proceeds to benefit Erin Sperry Fund

February 11, 2005


The February 11 University of Maine at Fort Kent Performing Arts presentation of The Vagina Monologues, that was cancelled due to inclement weather has been rescheduled for Friday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fox Auditorium at UMFK.

Under the direction of Joe Zubrick, UMFK associate professor of theatre and oral communications the production of Eve Ensler's acclaimed play The Vagina Monologues, was set for a two-night run in Fort Kent on February 11 and 12. The production on the 12th was held as scheduled, and the theatre group has set the make up performance for last Friday's production for this Friday.

Donations and proceeds from the upcoming performance will benefit the Fort Kent Battered Women's Project and The Spotlight Fund for Afghani and Iraqi women.

A donation will also be sent to the Erin Sperry fund to commemorate the tragic death of the young Caribou woman, who was killed last month.

The UMFK production is part of a campus effort to join in a national campaign to end violence against women and girls.

The Fort Kent University is joined with other colleges and universities in the state to celebrate the "V-Day" movement this past weekend, which is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

"V-Day" is designed to generate broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sexual slavery.

Through "V-Day" campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities.

Admission to the UMFK performances is $3 for the general public and free to UMFK students.

The Vagina Monologues performance at UMFK is part of a class project for students in Zubrick's acting class.

The Vagina Monologues was originally produced in New York in 1996, and followed by a national and worldwide tour.

In 1999, it began another successful run in New York, where it continues to be performed by a long line of name stars.

The play was originally performed by Eve Ensler, the woman who created the play.

The evening starts with a repetition of the word "vagina" - how does it sound, what does is sound like, is it an ugly word?

The repetition is used to anesthetize the audience to hearing past the word itself, so anyone with discomfort, is allowed to overcome it early in the evening.

For more information on the UMFK production of The Vagina Monologues, contact Zubrick at (207) 834-7591.