Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Vagina Monologues, Art Auction Mark Opening For Women’s History Month

KINGSVILLE - February 27, 2007

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

KINGSVILLE (February 27, 2007) — The first event celebrating Women’s History Month at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is described as a “poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone.”

For the second year, students will perform The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness of violence against women and girls. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 1-3, in Jones Auditorium. The university’s Middle Eastern Dance Club will give a pre-show performance each night at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for university students with an identification card and $8 for community members. On opening night, an art show and silent pen auction will be held in the auditorium lobby beginning at 6 p.m. Art work will be on display before, during and after the performance of The Vagina Monologues. Some of the artists will be on hand to discuss their work. 
The artwork on display and in the auction will depict women, women-related issues and women’s roles in history and modern society. For more information about the art show and auction, email imovestars@yahoo.com.
The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Eve Ensler’s play gives us real women’s stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual self-discovery. The play has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses. Based on interviews with over 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality, The Vagina Monologues gives voice to women's deepest fantasies and fears. It has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement, V-Day, to stop violence against women.

The play and art show/auction are sponsored at A&M-Kingsville by the Women’s Enrichment Advisory Council, the Student Government Association and the Office of Student Activities. Proceeds from the events benefit the Women’s Enrichment Program administered by the university’s Life Services and Wellness.

All events associated with V-Day are organized by Jinnelle Aguilar-Henley, a senior theatre arts major with a minor in women’s studies from Sandia. Stephanie Wright is the play’s director. Brian Bingham is directing the art show/auction, Jeremy Martinez is the graphic artist and Joey Olivarez is the stage manager.

Cast members include Sara Flores, a junior art major from Bishop; Victoria Garza, an English graduate student from Bishop; Jennifer Jackson, a sophomore communication sciences and disorders major from San Antonio; Amanda Rae Rodriguez, a senior communications major from Odem; Lorraine Rodriguez, a senior theatre arts major from Laredo; Melissa Scott, a human development and family studies graduate student from Corpus Christi; Jennifer Slayton, a junior chemical engineering major from Beeville; Rebecca Staggs, a freshman theatre arts major from Goliad; Evelyn Wright, a guidance and counseling graduate student from Kingsville; Leslie Petros, a junior human development and family studies major from Corpus Christi; and Anna Cardenas, a bilingual education graduate student from Laredo.

Stephanie Wright, a junior theatre arts major from Kingsville, is the director; and Joey Olivarez, a freshman theatre arts major from Taft, is the stage manager.

For more information, call Aguilar-Henley at 361-877-1059 or visit www.myspace.com/tamukvday.

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