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UMFK Performing Arts to present The Vagina Monologues as part of V-Day celebration

January 21, 2005

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University of Maine at Fort Kent Performing Arts, under the direction of Joe Zubrick, associate professor of theatre and oral communications will present Eve Ensler's acclaimed play The Vagina Monologues, on Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. each evening in the Fox Auditorium.

The UMFK production is planned as part of the University's weekend-long effort to join in a national campaign to end violence against women and girls.

The Fort Kent campus is joining with other colleges and universities in the state in celebrating the "V-Day" movement, 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. Proceeds from the production will benefit the St. John Valley Battered Women's Project.

The Vagina Monologues performance at UMFK is part of a class project for students in Zubrick's acting class, however, participation is open to the public and interested individuals are encouraged to contact the UMFK faculty member at (207) 834-7591.

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.

In addition to UMFK, other Maine colleges and universities celebrating the "V-Day" program are the Universities of Maine at Machias, Augusta, Southern Maine and Orono, along with the University of New England, Bates, Colby and Bowdoin Colleges.

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