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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 25, 2003

(Mahwah) – The Vagina Monologues, a national stage sensation created by Eve Ensler and based on interviews with more than 200 women, will be performed three times by Ramapo College students in two separate V-Day benefits Monday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, March 11, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Sharp Theater. Proceeds will benefit the Bergen County Rape Crisis Center.

V-Day is a global movement to raise awareness and money to stop violence against women and girls. Megan Callahan, a Ramapo student, director of The Vagina Monologues and the college’s V-Day coordinator, said that V-Day generates wide attention to the fight to stop worldwide violence against women and girls. In addition, she said that V-Day helps provide funding to create and nurture innovative programs to stop the violence.

The first V-Day was held on Valentine’s Day 1998 in New York, featuring a gala performance of The Vagina Monologues with celebrated artists including Winona Ryder, Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Lily Tomlin, Calista Flockhart, Rosie Perez and Marisa Tomei. Nearly 40 students will participate in the Ramapo College production of The Vagina Monologues.

The Vagina Monologues is based on interviews that Ensler conducted with over
200 women about their vaginas. The play reveals their stories, highlighting the feelings, fantasies and real-life experiences of a diverse group of women. The Vagina Monologues opened its off-Broadway run at the Westside Theatre on October 3, 1999.

The Vagina Monologues has garnered praise from reviewers nationwide: A bona fide phenomenon. Sex has never been funnier!” said a reviewer in The New York Times. Entertainment Weekly said the show was simply spectacular!” The Associated Press called it hilarious and outrageous” while Variety termed it a work of art and a piece of cultural history.”

According to a review in the online magazine Salon.com, The Vagina Monologues has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses. It has inspired a dynamic grass-roots movement (V-Day) to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler’s Obie Award-winning masterpiece gives voice to women’s deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman’s body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again.”

The V-Day benefit performances, featuring music, poetry and dance, are sponsored by Ramapo College’s Women’s Center, Theater Program, and the Berrie Center. Tickets are $12 for adults; $5 for students with a valid ID. For reservations, call the ticket office at (201) 684-7844.

CAST/HOMETOWNS FOR VAGINA MONOLOGUES’ PERFORMANCES AT RAMAPO COLLEGE MARCH 10 AND 11

Following is the cast list with hometowns for the student-directed production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues on March 10 and March 11 at Ramapo College’s Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Students and faculty/staff participating in the production include: Victoria Anaya , Toms River; Khadijah Baker, Newark, Cara DiGiovine, Roselle Park; Melissa Huele, Oakland; Michelle Kateman, graduate assistant, East Brunswick; Laura Lindson, Sayreville; Melissa McCrone, Toms River; Meredith Persson, Denville; Corliss (Cory) Rosenkranz, psychological counselor, Mahwah; Jodi Stolow, East Brunswick; Sue Torino, Hillsdale; Kristin Larson, Fords; Carolyn Dotegowski, Carteret; Dee Bright Foreman, EOF counselor, Neptune; Heather Armhold, Spotswood; Katie De Nova, West Milford; Bethany Fustos, Colonia; Becky Karpoff, Bogota; Kathleen Kirk, Brick; Kelly Maizenaski, Middlesex; Jessica Mumma, New Milford; Ginny Pryzborowski, Hillsborough; Elizabeth Shaughnessy, Spotswood; Frankye Taylor, Newark; Nicole Woodland, Maplewood; Megan Callahan, Woodbridge; Asha Mehta, EOF counselor, Waldwick; Valerie (Scottie) Massimo, professor of social work; and Terra Vandergaw, assistant professor of theater.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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