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February 22, 2005

Gavilan College V-DAY 2005 will benefit Emmaus House

WHO: Gavilan College Theater Arts

WHAT: Is proud to present a benefit performance of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues." This performance is part of the V-DAY College Campaign and will raise money and awareness for Emmaus House, a new shelter for domestic violence survivors in Hollister. The play consists of first-person monologues written by Ensler after interviews with hundreds of women. It has been performed in many languages all over the world. As some monologues deal with adult situations, this play may not be appropriate for all viewers. This is the second time the "Vagina Monoluges" has been performed at Gavilan College.

Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," "The Vagina Monologues," which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences. Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. Villard Books/Random House first published "The Vagina Monologues," which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998. A special V-Day edition of the play was released in February 2001.

WHEN: March 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. and Monday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.,Gilroy

WHY: Emmaus House is needed to provide a sanctuary for women leaving abusive environments. Without a safe place to go, many women become trapped in an abusive home, unable to leave safely or start over. Although work on the property has been completed, operating funds are needed in order for the shelter to open.

The V-Day College Campaign invites members of college and university communities around the world to present benefit productions of "The Vagina Monologues" on their campuses on or around V-Day (February 14th) to raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls. The proceeds from these events are donated directly by the schools to local organizations in their communities that are working to stop this violence. One of the goals of the College Campaign is to empower young people -- the leaders, shapers and messengers of the future. More information about V-Day is available at

TICKETS: Are $12 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors. The Monday evening show is part of the Gavilan College First Monday playreading series, and for that performance only, donations are suggested but not required. People may also bring donations of gently used bedding, linens, and towels in lieu of a monetary contribution for the Monday evening performance. Tickets are available at the Gavilan College Box Office: (408) 846-4973.

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