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January 24, 2008

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Playwright, performer and activist Eve Ensler, who first presented her award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues” a decade ago, will launch her 20-city speaking tour at Smith College.

Ensler will appear at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, in John M. Greene Hall. Tickets for her show, called  “V to the Tenth,” are available free to Smith College undergraduates, but limited to one per person. Tickets are $5 for Smith faculty, staff and graduate students, as well as Five College students, and also limited to one per person. General admission is $10. 

As she travels from Northampton to New York City and points beyond, Ensler’s “V to the Tenth” will reflect on the last 10 years of efforts to end violence against women and girls and invite people to join V-Day, the global movement that supports anti-violence organizations throughout the world. Read a Gate Q&A with Ensler.

As founder and artistic director of V-Day, which was named one of Worth magazine's “100 Best Charities,” Ensler has led the efforts that have raised more than $50 million dollars throughout the past nine years.

Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” an episodic play in which she originally starred, has been translated into 45 languages and performed in more than 120 countries. Her other plays include “Necessary Targets,” “Conviction,” “Lemonade,” “The Depot,” “Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man” and “Extraordinary Measures.” Recently, Ensler’s play “The Good Body”—which debuted at ACT in San Francisco, was performed on Broadway and embarked on a national tour—premiered at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre.

In October 2006, Ensler published her first book, “Insecure at Last: Losing It in Our Security-Obsessed World.” She is the recipient of many awards, including an Obie Award for the “Vagina Monologues,” a Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Playwriting and honorary degrees from numerous colleges and universities. 

Ensler’s appearance at Smith will be followed a week later by the student presentation of "The Vagina Monologues" on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. in the John M. Greene Hall. Admission requires purchase of a V-Day button for $9 which can be purchased from 2 to 4 p.m. daily in garden level vending area of the Campus Center, and Campus Center 106 all other times. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Her speech is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, the Office of the President, Smith Life & Learning, the Student Government Association and the Office of Institutional Diversity. 

Tickets will be available for sale at the door or beforehand Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m in the Campus Center vending area for students or Campus Center 106 for all others.  Only cash or checks made payable to Smith College will be accepted.  For more information about the event, call (413) 585-2639.

For a list of Ensler’s other tour stops, go online.

Office of College Relations
Smith College
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Northampton, Massachusetts 01063

Kristen Cole
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