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Posted on February 25, 2013

As Cal U celebrates Women’s History Month in March, the University marks a milestone with the 10th anniversary of performances of The Vagina Monologues.

Based on interviews with more than 200 women, Eve Ensler’s award-winning play is a series of heartfelt, poignant and sometimes hilarious vignettes celebrating women’s bodies and female sexuality.

Since its debut in 1996, it has been performed at hundreds of college campuses across the United States and in cities around the world.

‘Monologues’ at Cal U

Special plans to mark the play’s 10th anniversary at Cal U include a banquet on March 13 that will include alumna of past performances, said Kay Dorrance, coordinator of the Women’s Center at Cal U.   

Nicole Silich White, a 2004 graduate who was responsible for bringing The Vagina Monologues to the University, lives in North Carolina and may participate in dinner ceremonies via Skype. 

“We get a diverse group of students for the Monologues,” Dorrance says. “A very special group of women are attracted to this show, and it’s interesting to watch them explore the threads that draw them together.”

The women — 30 this year — work on their monologues independently and spend most of their time at weekly meetings getting to know themselves and each other better through discussions and writing exercises. 

Get tickets

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. March 13-15 in Steele Hall’s Blaney Theatre.

Tickets will be sold at the door. Advance tickets are available:

  • 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. daily, Natali Student Center (beginning March 6).
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, Women’s Center, Carter Hall, G45.

Cost is $5 for students, $10 for non-students.

Ten percent of the proceeds will support V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that is marking its 15th anniversary this year. The rest is donated to local women’s initiatives. 

So far, more than $17,000 has been raised at Cal U through Vagina Monologues performances.