Most people celebrate Valentine’s Day in February, but others also honor another V-Day. On Feb. 14, schools around the country celebrate V-Day, a movement to end domestic violence. Loyola University Chicago will perform its rendition of The Vagina Monologues, a collection of monologues written in interview style by Eve Ensler, on Feb. 13 and 14.
V-Day is a nonprofit organization that helps fund programs that increase awareness about rape, incest, mutilation and sex slavery. The organization sponsors artistic activism around Feb. 14 when campuses perform The Vagina Monologues or watch documentary screenings such as What I Want My Words to Do to You.
The profits from the annual Loyola production will go to Rape Victim Advocates, a Chicago-based nonprofit that helps survivors of sexual assault and attempts to intact social change by educating others about assault and violence.
The Vagina Monologues has been translated into more than 24 different languages and touches on female sexuality, self-discovery and empowerment. While some monologues are humorous, such as “Lists” which questions what type of clothing vaginas would wear, others are shocking tragedies, such as “My Vagina Was My Village” in which a woman is tortured with a bottle in a Bosnia “rape camp.” Last year, the Loyola production raised $1,500. The university has been performing the production since 2002.
The Vagina Monologues will be performed on Feb. 13 and 14 at the Mundelien Center at 7 p.m. View this slideshow to go backstage of Loyola’s performance of the monologues.