|Monologues seek talent, award nominees|
The Worldwide Campaign of the Vagina Monologues strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the epidemic levels of violence and abuse in their communities around the world. The commitment and enthusiasm of local groups and volunteers in the Grand Forks area, who do essential work to raise the profile and break the silence about violence against women and girls has ensured the success of the Vagina Monologues as a production in our community.
Auditions for the Vagina Monologues will be Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Loading Dock, Memorial Union. This audition process is open to the community and the campus. If you cannot participate on that date, private auditions may be considered prior to Nov. 7.
We are adding several new pieces this year to include "Under the Burqa," a monologue about the oppression of Afghani women during the rule of the Taliban. We have many soldiers in Afghanistan now, so this will be an interesting tie to our community.
Other needs for this production (show dates Feb. 2 and 3) are the following: director, musical talent for pre-show and intermission as well as vocal actress for the introduction, back stage managers and other volunteers.
Community nominations will be accepted for "the Vagina Award." Being a Vagina Warrior “means developing the spiritual muscle to enter and survive the grief that violence brings and, in that dangerous space of stunned unknowing, inviting the deeper wisdom.” Please send your contact information, your nominee (male or female, business or organization), and a page description of why this person should be awarded this prestigious community recognition for their work to Shelle Michaels. VW Honors went to Linda Walker, Kristi Hall-Jiran, Kathy Coudle King and Kay Mendick in 2006.
The Vagina Monologues will be produced by Shelle Michaels at the Empire Art Center in Grand Forks to benefit the Community Violence Intervention Center. Please contact me.
--Shelle Michaels, (218)779-7271 or email@example.com