Luther College V-Day to present benefit performances Feb. 22-24

One out of every three women in the world will be physically or sexually abused in her lifetime, according to information from the United Nations. In today's climate it is apparent that number may be conservative.

To raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls, 18 Luther College students will present three benefit performances of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" Feb. 22-24. Hailed by The New York Times as, "probably the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade," the performances include heartwarming, funny, poignant and at times heartbreaking stories of women across the globe.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 22-23, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts on Luther's campus.

Tickets to the performances are $5 and are available at the Luther College Box Office, (563) 387-1357, open 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the door if available. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

All proceeds from the benefit performances are donated to local and national organizations to help end violence against women and girls. Benefits from Luther's 2018 production will be allocated locally to Helping Services of Northeast Iowa and nationally to the V-Day Spotlight Campaign which this year benefits the newly created Frontline Resistors Fund.

For more information about the Luther College V-Day production, contact Samantha Tollefson, [email protected].

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls through benefit productions of playwright and founder Eve Ensler's award winning play: "The Vagina Monologues" and other artistic works.

Last year more than 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women. These highly successful events raised more than $5 million through performances of "The Vagina Monologues" and readings from V-Day's "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer." Luther College has participated in this global movement for more than 15 years and this is the 20th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues and V-Day.

By creating a global community, V-Day strives to empower women to find their collective voice and demand an end to the violence that affects one-sixth of the world's population.

The V-Day movement has raised more than $100 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded more than 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. V-Day performances have taken place in more than 200 countries in more than 48 languages.

Receiving numerous acknowledgements and awards, V-Day is also one of the top-rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar.

V-Day's most recent global campaign, ONE BILLION RISING: REVOLUTION, galvanized more than one billion women and men in 200 countries on a global day of action towards ending violence against women and girls. For more information visit vday.org.