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Feb. 8, 2011

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




SRU stages ‘Vagina Monologues’


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University continues its tradition of presenting Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning play "The Vagina Monologues."

            The SRU production will be staged at 7 p.m. Feb. 16-18 in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall. SRU students, faculty and staff first staged the play in 2003.

            Proceeds will benefit the Butler County VOICe program, the Lawrence County Crisis Shelter and the 2011 V-Day Spotlight on the Women of Haiti.

The work is based on interviews with more than 200 women, both domestic and international, who reveal personal triumphs, trials and tribulations related to sexuality and being female.

"The Vagina Monologues" has been translated into more than 45 languages and is presented in theatres around the world, including sold-out runs both Off-Broadway and on London's West End.

            Brandi Callaghan, a political science major from Leechburg, is directing this year’s production.

Student cast members are:

Ahmae Messersmith, a theatre major from Glen Rock;

Ashley Ranck, an English major from Lancaster;

Bridget Yeager, an English major from Conway;

Emmalyn Ilagan, an information technology major from Mt. Pleasant;

Brittany Donatelli, a fine arts major from Harmony;

Ashley Clement, a theatre major from Philadelphia;

Hayley Hunter, an elementary education major from Monroeville;

Marcie Johnson, a communication major from Ingomar;

Dejah Abraham, a theatre major from Bethlehem;

Kayla Boulton- Freshman, a theatre major from Youngstown, Ohio;

Holly Frantz, a graduate student in the sustainable systems program from Lancaster;

Arielle Lilley, a communication major from Connellsville;

Ariel Graham, an education major from Meadville;

Amanda Pope, an elementary education major from McKeesport;

Tymesia Brown, an education major from Washington, D.C.;

Elizabeth Tatomirovich, a political science major from Mercer;

Sam Spadone, an early childhood education major from Copiague, N.Y.;

Amber Mikec, a secondary education major from Strabane;

Sarah Smith, a psychology major from Cleond;

Ivory Dunlap, a gradute student in student affairs in higher education from Butler; and

Aleah Saganis, a secondary education major from Pittsburgh.

            Others in the cast are: Alex McNeill, an SRU graduate from New Castle; Constance Foley, vice president for student life, and Michelle McCollin, associate professor of special education.

            Tickets, available from 12:30-1:30 p.m. this week at the University Union, are $3 for students and $5 for the general public. Tickets will also be available at the door.


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