CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will present a two-day benefit performance of Eve Ensler's award-winning play "The Vagina Monologues" at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, in Lang Hall Auditorium as part of V-Day UNI.
"The Vagina Monologues," which was first performed off-Broadway by Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences. Ensler wrote the play after conducting interviews with dozens of women, addressing women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse. Tickets for the reading are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Only cash will be accepted. All proceeds from the event go to Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, a private, nonprofit victim advocacy agency.
This benefit performance is presented by V-Day UNI. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, and raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Ensler's artistic works. In 2013, more than 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world. The V-Day movement has raised more than $100 million, educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, and funded more than 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses.
Other V-Day UNI events include a V-Men workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. This workshop will explore the issue of violence against women and girls from a male perspective, addressing the root causes of violence and the ways men can be active participants in ending it. The workshop is for male-identified participants only, and no registration is required. It is presented by Harry Brod, professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology; Michael Fleming, associate professor of applied human sciences; Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute at UNI's Center for Violence Prevention; and Mark Rowe-Barth, associate director of student wellness.
At 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Lang Hall Auditorium, there will be a film viewing of "Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes," which examines masculinity, violence, homophobia and sexism in hip-hop music and culture. There will also be a discussion with Byron Hurt, the creator of the film.
A film viewing of "Until the Violence Stops" will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252, and at 12 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, in Sabin Hall, Room 002. The film features playwright Eve Ensler in an uplifting documentary that looks at how "The Vagina Monologues" grew into V-Day. These viewings are presented by the UNI student group the Feminist Action League (FAL)