Whittier College

Office of Public Relations

13406 Philadelphia St.

P.O. Box 634

Whittier, CA  90608-0634


Feb. 1, 2002                                                  Contact:  Judy Browning

Reference:  01/02: 42                                               at (562) 907-4216



Vagina Monologues to be Performed at Whittier College

as Part of V-Day 2002 Campaign

Whittier College students will present the Obie-Award winning play, “The Vagina Monologues” beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 14–15, in the Club on campus.  The presentation is part of the fourth annual worldwide V-Day 2002 campaign to stop violence against women and girls, according to Anne Sebanc, assistant professor of education and child development.  The production is sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Council.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and may be purchased by calling the box office at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at (562) 907-4203.  Proceeds from the benefit performance will go to several organizations, including the Whittier Area Women’s and Children’s Crisis Center and Project Sister.

The program includes performances by students and faculty from the music department—“Respect” by Otis Redding, Jr., “The Aliens of Los Angeles” by Teresa LeVelle, assistant professor of music, and an original blues composition written by students.

V‑Day uses Valentine’s Day as the day to celebrate women and “demand an end to abuse, including domestic violence, rape and date rape, and female circumcision,” Sebanc said.  “Statistics show that somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, every 15 seconds; every 21 hours on each college campus in the U.S., there is a rape; and worldwide, more than 130 million girls and women have been subjected to female genital cutting and another two million are at risk.

“By promoting awareness through the V-Day Campaign, we hope to bring an end to these appalling events,” Sebanc said.

          Written and first performed by Eve Ensler, “The Vagina Monologues” explores the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.  Based on interviews with a diverse group of hundreds of women—from a Long Island antiques dealer to a Bosnian refugee—“The Vagina Monologues” brazenly explores questions often pondered, but seldom asked: Do women like their vaginas?  What do women call their vaginas?

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 published “The Vagina Monologues,” which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February of 1998.  A special V‑Day edition of the play, including two new sections about the College Campaign, was released last February.

Whittier students in the production include freshman Lindsey Brengle of San Diego, Calif.; junior Cori Bright of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; freshman Jessica Brown of Derry, N.H.; freshman Kimi Buser of Houston, Texas; senior Lauren Bush of Whittier, Calif.; junior Robin Finkle of Whittier; senior Dana Fitchett of Cypress, Texas; senior Jenny Godehn of Lakewood, Colo.; seniors Bianca and Jasmine Juarez of La Mirada, Calif.; senior J.R. Maxwell of Tacoma, Wash.; senior Megan Murphy of Los Altos, Calif.; junior Cynthia Nalbach of Alta Loma, Calif.; junior Rose Ochoa of San Diego; junior Cora Poage of Hays, Kan.; freshman Stephanie Stevens of Norwalk, Calif.; junior Katie Taheny of San Francisco, Calif.; and freshman Ivy Worsham of Louisville, Colo.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

Whittier College Office of Communications
13406 Philadelphia » P.O. Box 634 » Whittier, CA 90608-0634
Tel: (562) 907-4213 » Fax: (562) 907-4927