Vagina Monologues to be Performed at Whittier College as Part of V-Day 2003 Campaign

Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, Calif.  90608-0634
Feb. 3, 2003                                                           

Reference:  02/03: 51                                                    
Contact: Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216 

Vagina Monologues to be Performed at Whittier College

as Part of V-Day 2003 Campaign


          Whittier College students will present the Obie-Award winning play, The Vagina Monologues beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, in the
Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts.  The presentation is part of the fifth
annual worldwide V-Day 2003 Campaign to stop violence against women and girls,
according to Anne Sebanc, assistant professor of education and child development.

“This is the second year that Whittier College is presenting the play,” Sebanc
said, “and last year’s performance raised $4,000 for local charities. We are happy to
be among the more than 660 colleges and universities participating in the V-Day
Campaign this year.”

Tickets are $12 for the general public and may be purchased by calling the
Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.  Proceeds from this year’s performance
will benefit Project Sister, a sexual assault crisis and prevention service for the East
San Gabriel
Valley, Pomona Valley and Western San Bernardino County.

Project Sister was selected in part because 17 Whittier students recently
worked on a service-learning project that will help the organization assess its teen
prevention program.  Students in Sebanc’s Social Activism on Behalf of Women and
Children course will design an assessment instrument to measure the effectiveness
of the prevention presentations that Project Sister makes to students at local middle
and high schools.

V-Day uses Valentine’s Day as the day to celebrate women and “demand an
end to abuse, including domestic violence, rape and date rape, and female circumcision,” Sebanc said. 

Written and first performed by Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues explores
the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.  It is based on interviews with a diverse group of hundreds of women—from a
Long Island antiques dealer to a Bosnian refugee.

Seniors Kathryn Taheny of San Francisco, and Coriann Bright of Wheat Ridge,
Colo., are directing the cast of 26 women, which includes two non-students. 

          Whittier College students in the production include senior Alia Allard of Canaan,
Tobago; Claire Barcos of San Rafael, Calif.; freshman Ali Biggs of Pleasanton, Calif.;
junior Lindsey Brengle of San Diego; sophomore Jessica Brown of Derry, N.H.; sophomore
Buser of Houston, Texas; junior Lizzy Craze of Redwood City, Calif.; senior Nicole
Dampeer of Littleton, Colo.; freshman Kris Darling of St. Paul, Minn.; freshman Alicia de
la Vega of Scottsdale, Ariz.; freshman Hannah Erickson of Seattle, Wash.;  and junior
Morgan Fox of Citrus Heights, Calif.

          Also in the cast are junior Katie Hawks of Los Altos, Calif.; junior Sonja Johnson of Larkspur, Calif.; junior Linzi Juliano of Tempe, Ariz.; senior Kate Knochel of Tucson Ariz.; sophomore Ashleigh Krueger of Woodbridge, Calif.; sophomore Nicole Martin of Whittier; junior Julie Matiasic of Millbrae, Calif.; sophomore Emily Moorehead of Santa Cruz Calif.; senior Cynthia Nalbach of Alta Loma, Calif.; sophomore Virginia Sapiro of San Francisco; sophomore Malia Smith of Eaton Rapids, Mich.; and sophomore Stephanie Stevens of Norwalk.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent,
four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional
programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is
accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of
American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa

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