Orpheum presents award-winning play, raises money and awareness to stop violence against women
Calling all women! This February, the IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center will bring social issues to the stage as it presents the award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” in the Orpheum black box theater. Directed by UNI professor, Cynthia Goatley, this episodic play features monologues of female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. The main goal of the event is to raise money and awareness to stop violence against women. All proceeds from the event will go to the Domestic Violence Alternatives/Sexual Assault Center.
“The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of community and women’s lives,” says Cynthia Goatley, director for the production. “I am privileged to join with the Marshalltown community in this endeavor.”
The award-winning play is based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. 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.
The Call to Women to come and read for roles and sign up will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, 1 pm, and Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 pm, in the Orpheum Black Box Theater. All women interested in being involved with this project should be prepared to tell a story about a woman who has had a strong influence on your life. Women should also be prepared to read material provided. Role assignments will be posted and emailed by Tuesday, Jan. 19. The rehearsal period is Feb. 2 – 13. Rehearsals are planned around the participant’s schedule and time limitations. Not all women will be required to be at all rehearsals.
Performances are set for Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 pm. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to the Domestic Violence Alternatives/Sexual Assault Center. For more information go to www.ivotc.com.
This project is an Orpheum Performance Series production and is funded in part by a generous grant from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation, individual and corporate contributors. The Orpheum Theater Center is owned and operated by the Iowa Valley Community College District.