Clarion University women and gender studies program and student organization The VDay Project welcome students and the community to their second annual production of “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer” at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in Hart Chapel.
The performance is based on Eve Ensler's collection of essays, "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls." Each personal story works to bring awareness to violence against women.
"This event is important because domestic violence and sexual assault remain as major problems in our society," said Dr. Kathleen McIntyre, director of women and gender studies, said. "And it especially impacts college-aged women."
"Women between the ages of 18 and 24 are most likely to be victims of domestic violence," McIntyre said. "One out of five college-aged women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her college career."
The directors of the play are Zachery Hoffman of Erie, a senior early childhood education major, and Coralie Compere of Philadelphia, a junior sociology major. They lead a team of 11 performers, including: Kelsey Snyder of Girard, Ohio, Emily Feicht of Austintown, Ohio, Austin Moorhead of Apollo, Malavika Vemulapalli of New Delhi, Alex Elias of Cranberry Township, Kristi Kraft of Fairfield, Emily Bottinelli of Washington, Jasmine Langley of Philadelphia and Natalia Naranjo of Norristown. Hoffman and Compere will also perform.
Admission is free to students with a student ID and $10 for the public. Toiletry donations, including tampons and maxi pads, will also be accepted at each performance to benefit SAFE and PASSAGES, local nonprofit organizations that work to help victims of violence and sexual assault.