Connecticut College recently honored three members of the community with the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Awards, conferred each year on those who exemplify and uphold the legacy of Dr. King's work.
The 2011 cast of "The Vagina Monologues"
Students, staff and faculty of Connecticut College will perform in "The Vagina Monologues" on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, in Evans Hall of Cummings Arts Center. The play, a series of monologues, was written and first performed by Eve Ensler in the mid-1990s. In 1998, she helped launch V-Day, a global nonprofit movement working to end violence against women and girls. Ensler allows groups around the world to perform "The Vagina Monologues" during V-Season (Feb. 1- April 30) to raise money for V-Day and local organizations and programs with the same mission. "In addition to being a piece of art, the play is also a fundraiser, with 10 percent of our profits going to the V-Day Spotlight Fund - the Women and Girls of Haiti - and 90 percent going to the Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut," said Megan Reback '12, the producer and co-chair of fundraising. This is the 10th anniversary of the College's production of the play, and its relevance continues to grow. "In a world where, in many places, women are more likely to be raped than learn how to read, where the media tells women to nip and tuck their bodies to attain an unattainable 'perfection,' and where women are undervalued, overworked and underpaid, there is a lot to be done concerning women's equality and equity," said Reback. "Not only are audience members helping to fundraise for a very important cause, but they will better understand the diverse experiences of women around the world." Friday's performance is at 8 p.m. and Saturday's performance at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for Connecticut College students and $10 for the general public, and can be purchased at sales events on campus. See the schedule - and other upcoming events - on the College's calendar of events.