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The Vagina Monologues to be performed at Saint Xavier University

Proceeds from the Feb. 14, 16-17 play go to domestic abuse charity

Chicago (Feb. 12, 2007) – In order to increase awareness and help bring an end to violence against women, Saint Xavier University students will perform the play The Vagina Monologues at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and 17 in McGuire Hall, Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.  A Friday, Feb. 16, production will be held in Saint Xavier University’s Shannon Center.   

Written by Eve Ensler, the Obie Award-winning play is a collection of individual monologues by women about their personal, often traumatic, histories related to the female body. Schools and community centers around the world show the play in support of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.  

“I am very excited that we have the opportunity to put on this important play,” said student event coordinator Jessica Heierling. “We have a very talented cast, so this should prove to be a fantastic production.” 

Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of the play to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. 

Admission is $10 for SXU students and employees and $15 for the general public, with proceeds going to the House of the Good Shepherd, a Chicago shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. 

Tickets will be available at the door before each performance and also are available for purchase between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. the week of Feb. 12 to 17 in the SXU Diner of the Warde Academic Center. 

For the Friday, Feb. 16, show that will be held in the Shannon Center, tickets are half price. Tickets can be reserved in advance by e-mail to j.heierling@sxu.edu. All other inquiries regarding the production should be made to Director of Media Relations Joe Moore at (773) 298 3937. 
 
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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.
 
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