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February 9, 2001

ISU women read provocative play

by Steve Sullivan
Iowa State women faculty, staff and students will perform in a reading of the provocative play The Vagina Monologueson Thursday, Feb. 15. The reading begins at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Author Eve Ensler wrote a series of monologues after talking to hundreds of women of all ages and ethnicities. Her subjects included a Long Island, New York, antiques dealer and a Bosnian refugee. The Vagina Monologueshas had a lengthy run in New York City, where it has been performed by revolving trios of actresses and other famous women. The New York Timescalled it "a bona fide phenomenon," while Entertainment Weeklydubbed it "alternately funny, poetic and provocative."

The Iowa State performance of The Vagina Monologueswill feature Shirley Dunlap, theater faculty and director of ISU World Theatre Workshop; Sine Anahita, graduate student in sociology; LaTia McPherson, fresh-man in psychology; M. Evelina Galang, English faculty; Abby Hansen, a junior in liberal studies (curriculum); Barbara Mack, Greenlee School of Journalism faculty; Carlie Tartakov, curriculum and instruction faculty; Vika Russell, a senior in biology; and Alissa Stoehr, a senior in political science.

Donations will be accepted for ACCESS, an Ames shelter for women and children who are victims of violence.

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