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January 16, 2008
Contact: K.E. Schwab
'Vagina Monologues' playwright Eve Ensler lectures at SRU
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eve Ensler, playwright/performer/activist and award-winning author of "The Vagina Monologues," will speak at Slippery Rock University Feb. 26. Her talk will focus on global efforts to stop violence, particularly against women and girls.
The free, 12:30 p.m. address in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall is sponsored by SRU's College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts and the University's Women's Studies Program.
Ensler's "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. It has been presented annually at SRU since 2003 and will be offered Feb. 7-9 in Swope Music Hall.
Ensler's experience performing the play inspired her to create "V-Day," a global movement supporting a global movement supporting anti-violence organizations worldwide, helping them continue and expand their core work while drawing public attention to the larger fight to stop worldwide violence, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sexual slavery.
V-Day stages large-scale benefits and produces innovative gatherings, films and programs to educate and change social attitudes regarding violence against women. These include the documentary "Until the Violence Stops"; Karama, a program to support ending violence toward women in the Middle East, Africa and Asia; community briefings with Amnesty International on the missing and murdered women of Ju�rez, Mexico; the December 2002 V-Day delegation trip to Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan; the Afghan Women's Summit; the Stop Rape Contest; and the Indian Country Project. V-Day celebrates his 10th anniversary this year and has raised more than $35 million. It was named one of Worth magazine's "100 Best Charities."
Having devoted her life to stopping violence, Ensler said she envisions a planet in which women and girls are free to thrive, rather than merely survive. Her play uses humor and grace to celebrate women's sexuality and strength. The work emerged from interviews with more than 200 women. Ensler's own performance in the work can be seen in the HBO original documentary about the play.
Ensler's play "Necessary Targets," set in a Bosnian refugee camp, opened Off-Broadway in 2002.
Her other plays include "Conviction, Lemonade," "The Depot," "Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man," "Extraordinary Measures" and "The Good Body." "The Vagina Monologues" and "Necessary Targets" were published by Villard/Random House. "Vagina Warriors," words by Eve Ensler, photos by Joyce Tenneson, was published by Bulfinch Press for V-Day 2005.
Ensler's newest play, "The Treatment" premiered in 2006 at the Culture Project in New York City. Her first book "Insecure At Last: Losing It in A Security Obsessed World" was published by Random House in 2006.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Playwriting, the Berrilla-Kerr Award for Playwriting, the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, the Jury Award for Theater at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, as well as the 2002 Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award for Leadership and The Matrix Award.
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