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LOWELL ߝ Two performances of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play will be presented this month as part of V-Day UMass Lowell 2008: “The Vagina Monologues.”
The goal of V-Day and the performances is to entertain and educate the public while raising awareness of violence against women. The play, performed throughout the world over the last decade, provides a look into the joys and tragedies of being a woman. Performances in conjunction with V-Day 2008 are being presented around the country to benefit local, national and international causes.
The majority of the proceeds from the UMass Lowell shows will go to the Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell and the Alternative House in Lowell. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the Polaris Project, an international, non-government organization that fights human trafficking, and to V-Day 2008 Spotlight ߝ Women of New Orleans.
The performances ߝ which will feature residents of area communities including Burlington, Lowell, Lawrence, Methuen and Tewksbury ߝ are Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29. Both begin at 7 p.m. and will be at the Comley-Lane Theater, Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell. Pre-performance activities ߝ including a raffle, art display and resource tables ߝ start at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the general public, and are available in advance from Janice Larson in the McGauvran Student Center, Room 224, 71 Wilder St., Lowell, 978-934-5001. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
Local sponsors of the event include Lowell Women’s Week, the UMass Lowell Department of Psychology, Off-Broadway Players, Office of Student Affairs and Multicultural Affairs and the Council on Diversity and Pluralism. International sponsors of V-Day include the NoVo Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Dramatists Play Service, Glamour magazine, “Oprah & Friends” satellite radio channel, O magazine, TBWA/Chiat/Day, Vosges Haut Chocolat and W Hotels, New Orleans.
UMass Lowell, with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health. UML offers its 11,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education. www.uml.edu.