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The Vagina Monologues

When:

Thu 22 Apr 2010, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Fri 23 Apr 2010, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sat 24 Apr 2010, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Maidment Theatre, 8 Alfred St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Student: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Varejka

It's been five years, but Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues returns to Auckland beckoning listeners to reconnect with the “unnamed, untamed and unknown” down there.

Playwright and activist Ensler's off-Broadway hit has been so successful it's spawned an internationally touring show and a nonprofit organization that supports work to stop violence against women and girls. And for the first time, the controversial play returns to Auckland as part of VDAY 2010 to raise funds and awareness for Rape Prevention Education, Rape Crisis Auckland.

Anya Varezhkina and Colleen Olson on behalf of Auckland University Students Association are staging the show.This is an exceptional event because The Auckland University Students Association has never dared to stage The Vagina Monologues before.

But the topic is so relevant at the moment as the country is awaiting the government’s response to Te Toiroa Mata Tauherenga – the Report of the Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence.
The report calls for the government to finally deal with a severely underfunded sexual violence prevention and response sector whose appeals for support have fallen on deaf ears for more than 20 years.

One statistics to help uncover off the myths which allow the prevalence of this crime against women is that about 84% of all rapists/abusers are known to the victim. Abusers are more likely to be family, current partners, ex-partners, friends, boyfriends, acquaintances, people known through work and caregivers than strangers.

The show’s sketch topics range from mundane yet funny (menstruation, gynaecological exams, thong underwear and moaning styles) to truly poignant (rape, genital mutilation and their distressing statistics). Each topic is tackled with equal passion, in a voice as changeable as the show's tone.

As sharp as Sex and the City, as unmissable as Friends and as funny as Smack the Pony, this riotous evening is the ultimate night out --- for guys and girls alike.

All profits from the production will go to charity, 90% to Rape Prevention Education and the remaining 10% to Power to the Women and Girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For more information contact
Anya Varezhkina
Producer/Director
Tel: 021 73 99 38
Email: vdayaucklandtvm@gmail.com

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