Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

V-Day returns to Hood College

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A reading of a world-renowned play recounting women’s sexual experiences will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday in Rosenstock Hall’s Hodson Auditorium, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick.

Eve Ensler’s ‘‘The Vagina Monologues” will be read by members of the Hood and Frederick communities under the direction of Jennifer Plants, director of Hood’s theater program.

The Obie Award-winning play is a compilation of real stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual self-discovery from hilarious and heartbreaking interviews Ensler conducted with more than 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality.

The performance at Hood will be one of many similar performances at colleges and universities around the world participating in this year’s 10th anniversary of the V-Day campaign, a movement that promotes events to increase awareness, change social attitudes and assist anti-violence organizations.

V-Day, a nonprofit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. Since 1998, the

V-Day movement has raised more than $50 million and in 2001, the corporation was named one of Worth Magazine’s ‘‘100 Best Charities.”

The reading at Hood will benefit Heartly House of Frederick, Inc., a local shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $6 for students.

For more information, call 301-696-3575 or 301-696-3720.