V-Day Finds Willow Creek
Encore Performance of Vagina Monologues Coming Soon
By ALLIE HOSTLER, Two Rivers Tribune
Few people feel comfortable saying the word vagina repeatedly in a room packed with more than 100 of their friends and foes.
But comfort isn’t what V-Day is about. It’s a fast growing global movement, fueled by the camaraderie and strength of women, to end violence against women and girls.
The truth is shocking. According to the United Nations, one of three women on the planet will be physically or sexually abused in her lifetime.
All around the world on and near Valentine’s Day, thousands of events are held in the name of V-Day. One of those events is the performance of Even Ensler’s episodic play, the Vagina Monologues.
In 2012, more than 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place around the world. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and reached over 300 million people and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it.
Although many chuckle when they hear the word, a brave bunch of local women take the cause serious enough to say it loud and say it strong—and, in all variations.
Conjuring tears and laughter with their evocative performances these women told the stories of women who had been brutally raped and physically mutilated. They told a 72-year-old woman’s story of sexual discovery. They told many stories, but most importantly they broke the not-so-sexy silence of Willow Creek.
On February 8, 2013, Willow Creek was officially dubbed a vagina friendly city at the conclusion of the Vagina Monologues performance held at Veteran’s Hall. The audience raised from their seats with wild applause as Libby Pinto, Kelly Nixon, Una Schroeder, Sherry Marmon, Karla Robb and Amy Davis marched off the stage. Their shoes stomped the hardwood floors in a resonating rhythm that I will not soon forget.
It’s not too late to see it yourself. The community has called for an encore performance, which will be held on February 23 at the Veteran’s Hall in Willow Creek. Tickets are $10 each. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm.
All proceeds from both performances will be donated directly to women’s services through Willow Creek Community Resource Center and domestic violence prevention through K’ima:w Medical Center.
Five Acorns for sure.