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LMC presents Vagina Monologues Feb. 17

Article Published: Feb. 11, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
LMC presents Vagina Monologues Feb. 17

Coming to Lees-McRae College Wednesday, Feb. 17, is the anticipated performance of Eve Ensler's book turned production about the plight and ultimately the celebration of the very thing that defines a woman: the vagina.

The production of The Vagina Monologues is being performed at the Lees-McRae student center as a part of "V-Day," the global movement to end violence against women and girls inspired by Ensler's work.

"We are so happy to bring Eve Ensler's wonderful play to Banner Elk and to Lees-McRae College," director Tessa Carr said. "Our goals with this performance are to raise awareness about women's issues and to raise money to help with the work done by Avery Citizens Against Domestic Abuse (ACADA). All of our proceeds will go to ACADA.

"This event has already served to build community. We have included well over 60 people between the cast, the community members donating items for our reception, and our faculty, staff and students working to produce the show."

V-Day was the brain child of Ensler, herself, beginning in the late 1990. Since its launch, V-Day has worked to promote awareness and raise money to benefit female victims of violence and sexual abuse. According to, the mission of V-Day is: "a world where women live safely and freely," reflecting Lees-McRae's efforts for ACADA.

Working with Carr is Selena Hilemon, director of community outreach at Lees-McRae.

"The Vagina Monologues is part of an international movement that promotes the end of violence against women and girls and the celebration of womanhood," Hilemon said. "We are excited to be able to support our local domestic violence center by hosting this production. The movement includes educational pieces on issues faced by women around the world, and we hope that by bringing this production to our campus we are furthering the education of our campus and community about the severity of these issues."

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 with a student ID. For tickets or more information, contact Hilemon at ( or (828) 898-3318. The performance of The Vagina Monologues is open to the public and is intended for mature audiences only. It is presented by Lees-McRae Offices of Community Outreach and Campus Life. This is a community event to raise money for local partner Avery Citizens Against Domestic Abuse.

Preceding the play will be a reception with refreshments in King-Shivell Gallery in the Cannon Student Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. The production will begin at 7 p.m. and take place at Evans Auditorium inside the Cannon Student Center on Lees-McRae College's campus in Banner Elk.

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