Article Published: Feb. 14 | Modified: Feb. 15
Looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day?
Come out to Lees-McRae for “The Vagina Monologues.”
On Friday, Feb. 14, Lees-McRae will host “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center.
This performance is open to the public, although it contains mature subject matter. Donations of at least $1 are requested, and proceeds will benefit OASIS Inc. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Based on V-Day founder and playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women, the play celebrates women’s sexuality and strength with humor and grace. According to its synopsis, “Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than 12 years, ‘The Vagina Monologues’ has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.”
“This piece of activist work has been close to my heart since I performed it my sophomore year (at Lees-McRae),” said Destini Fleming, Lees-McRae student and co-director of ‘The Vagina Monologues.’ “I, along with my fellow directors, Cassie Schulz, Somber Johnston and Ashley Piercy, feel passionately about stopping violence against women and fighting for women’s rights.
“This inspiring performance presents issues that are not usually discussed in our area. Violence against women happens all over the world, but it is incredibly important to remember that it happens right here in Avery County, as well. I am very proud of our volunteers, the cast of 20 women and everyone’s willingness to bring this important piece of theater to life at Lees-McRae.”
Ninety percent of the donations from this event will benefit OASIS Inc., an organization that has spent more than 30 years serving victims of abuse and violence in Watauga and Avery counties. Services provided by OASIS include confidential emergency shelter, short-term crisis counseling, safety planning, support groups, educational programs and much more.
Lees-McRae College is located off Main Street in downtown Banner Elk. For more information, call (828) 898-5241.