The “Vagina Monologues” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday in The Bob Boldrick Theater at Carson City Community Center to benefit Advocates to End Domestic Violence. There will be a silent auction at 6 p.m.
Created by author Eve Ensler, “The Vagina Monologues” is an ever-changing stage production that encapsulates real women’s stories of hardship and triumph.
“I came here recently from Berkeley and immediately saw how uninformed and closed-minded people were about women’s issues,” said Chris Rich, the show’s producer and director. “Every friend I have made here and many women I have spoken to, have been either molested or abused, and I found it disheartening and felt this performance would be a way to raise awareness while also supporting the very important work of Advocates to End Domestic Violence.”
Founded in 1979, Advocates provides an array of services for battered women and children in the community.
“We now have a 51-bed emergency shelter where women and their children, if they have them, can stay as long as five months,” said Lisa Lee, the program’s executive director. “We have found that five months is about how long it takes to get paperwork in order, because many women leave without their birth certificates, social security cards and drivers licenses, and they need those to receive financial assistance, food and housing, set up bank accounts, get a divorce if needed. This also gives women the time they need to heal and gain new perspective about what they’ve been through; to begin the process of moving from victim to survivor.”
The show has been presented in prior years in Carson City on behalf of Advocates and features local women of all ages. The Vagina Monologues is offered free of charge to anyone who wants to stage the production in support of women’s organizations through the web site at www.vday.org.
“These are real women’s stories,” said Jocelyn Dias, who will be performing one of the monologues. “While the stories can be disturbing, in the end we see hope and inspiration and how women are so incredibly strong in the face of daunting challenge. “
“I performed with the group that did the play in 2008 and knew when I saw auditions for this year, that I wanted to be involved,” said Tamara Holmes. “Participating helps ease my sense of helplessness about how to fix this situation; I’m doing my part.”
For Anna Sanders, a young mother of two, being part of The Vagina Monologues, besides the added perk of getting meet other strong-minded women, is the importance of the message.
“I feel sometimes like it’s a trend, as if it’s OK to be abusive to women,” she said. “I have lived in Carson 17 years and it has just been too long that this behavior has been going on. It’s time to have voices heard that say ‘enough.’”
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased at Adam and Eve, 3220 Highway 50 E.; Classy Seconds Thrift, 411 Hot Springs Road; Positive Energy, 3603 Challenger Way Caterpillar’s Hookah Lounge at the corner of 4th and Carson streets.
For more information, go to www.aedv.org or call 775-883-7654.