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01-29-01

Contacts:
Pat Miller, Lectures, (515) 294-9935
Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720


ISU TO PRESENT 'THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES' FEB. 15

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University women faculty, staff and students will perform in a reading of the provocative play "The Vagina Monologues" on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The reading will be at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public.

Author Eve Ensler wrote a series monologues after talking to hundreds of women from all ages and ethnicities. Her subjects included a Long Island, N.Y., antiques dealer and a Bosnian refugee. "The Vagina Monologues" has had a lengthy run in New York City, where it has been performed by revolving trios of actresses and other famous women. The New York Times called it "a bona fide phenomenon," while Entertainment Weekly dubbed it " alternately funny, poetic and provocative."

The Iowa State performance of "The Vagina Monologues" will feature Shirley Dunlap, associate professor of theater and director of ISU World Theatre Workshop; Sine Anahita, graduate student in sociology; LaTia McPherson, a freshman in psychology; M. Evelina Galang, assistant professor of English; Abby Hansen, a junior in liberal studies (curriculum); Barbara Mack, Greenlee School of Journalism professor; Carlie Tartakov, professor of curriculum and instruction; Vika Russell, a senior in biology; and Alissa Stoehr, a senior in political science.

Donations will be accepted for ACCESS, an Ames shelter for women and children who are victims of violence. "The Vagina Monologues" is sponsored by the Committee on Lectures, ISU Theater, Sloss Women's Center and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, a campus student organization.

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