Women warriors

David Taintor

University students are presenting a benefit production of the Vagina Monologues as part of the 2009 V-Day College Campaign this weekend.

Producer and senior Stephanie Horming said “The Vagina Monologues” started a few years ago when a few resident assistants and hall directors of the UW-Eau Claire Housing Department had the idea of putting the show in the Tower’s Hall basement.Horming said the play is about empowering woman and giving them a voice.

“The show deals with rape, sexual assault, sexual experiences and the power women have over themselves and their sexuality,” Horming said.

As part of the show, Horming will be performing the monologue entitled “Hey Miss Pat.” She said this monologue was written for the women victims of the Hurricane Katrina.

The producer said this year’s show will be different from the previous years. It will have much more music and art such as poetry, duets, solo acts and group performances throughout the show.

The auditions for the play happened in the beginning of February, Horming said that it was a great time and over 65 people attended.

Freshman Kathryn Henderson heard around campus about the Vagina Monologues audition and decided to go and check what the show was about.

“I had never heard about the Vagina Monologues until the audition, but when I chose a monologue and learned about what the show was, I figured that I was going to be part of something really neat,” Henderson said.

Like everybody involved with the show, Horming hopes the audience and cast enjoy and realize what is happening with women in the world.

“Besides that, all of the money goes to charity,” Horming said. “I believe that everybody should come to this show because it delivers a clear statement on how most of the women around the globe are treated.”

The producer also relayed a few statistics in what is going on with women worldwide. For example, how one-in-four college students will be sexually assaulted or raped by the time they graduate college and one-in-six women will be raped or sexually assaulted in their lifetime, Horming said.

“The play instills a sense of need on people and that they want to take charge of the situation and stop violence towards women and girls,” Horming said.

Freshman Courtney Allen is looking forward to going to “The Vagina Monologues.”

“I know a lot of people that are participating in the show, so I am going to support them and I believe it will be a really interesting play.”

Henderson said students and the Eau Claire community should go to this event mainly because the show takes a very serious issue and presents it in a comical and heartbreaking way.

“Through tears and laughter, which unifies us all, the show will impact the people that will be in that auditorium,” Henderson said.

“The Vagina Monologues” will give all the fundraising to The Bolton Refuge House, CASA and the V-Day Campaign.

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m in Schofield Auditorium on March 6 and March 7, and 1:30 p.m. on March 8. Tickets are $7 for Eau Claire students and senior citizen and $10 for general public. They can be purchased at the Student Services at Davies Center.