It’s my vagina!

‘Monologue’ tradition continues

| Gretchen Burns reporter |

| Gretchen Burns reporter |

On Friday, March 28, 11 women will take the stage performing in “The Vagina Monologues” at Pittsburg’s Lincoln Center.
The actresses, many of whom are Pitt State students, are led by alumna Megan Stoneberger, coordinator of the Southeast Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women (SEK NOW) and director.
“Whenever I was a student at PSU, the Women’s Studies Club had a tradition of putting on ‘The Vagina Monologues,’” Stoneberger said. “For a few years it wasn’t put on and now we’re trying to bring it back.”
The event is sponsored by the Pitt State Women’s Studies Club and SEK NOW, with 90 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Safe House Crisis Center and 10 percent donated to the V-Day National Spotlight Campaign, an international group that works globally to end violence against women and girls.
“The playwright grants the show for free in February, March and April as long as the proceeds go to help ‘V Day,’” Stoneberger said. “The proceeds from this will go to help Safe House in Pittsburg and whatever the national charity is that V Day is supporting this year.”
“The Vagina Monologues” involves a series of actresses talking about issues involving women that are not generally thought about or given much attention to. These issues range from comic to dramatic, discussing pubic hair, rape and childbirth.
Stoneberger has performed in the show twice and directed it once. She says she collaborated with the Women’s Studies Club to bring this performance back to the students of Pitt State and the Pittsburg community.
Along with the show a silent auction will take place with several generous donations collected by volunteers and donated by local businesses.
Stoneberger says gift certificates to restaurants and other services, candles and PSU gear are just some of the items donated so far. She added she hopes that it will prove to be profitable for Safe House.
“The whole point of this is so that people become aware of issues involving women,” Stoneberger said. “We’re reaching out to the community and letting them know that this is all for a good cause.”
“The Vagina Monologues” will be held on Friday, March 28, at Lincoln Center, 710 W. Ninth St., and Saturday, March 29, at the Bourbon Street Bar. Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. on both nights.
Tickets cost $10 for general public and $5 for students.

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