Project Safe’s Annual Production of The Vagina Monologues Kicks Off Tonight
When Valentine’s Day rolls around you can always count on a couple of things – love, chocolate, and a yearly rendition of The Vagina Monologues.
This year marks the 18th anniversary of Project Safe’s annual production of the play. Written by Eve Ensler in 1996, The Vagina Monologues is now performed in cities across the nation every year, often in collaboration with organizations focused on ending violence against women. Project Safe is that group in Athens.
For Kat Farlowe, director of the play, and a staff member in the UGA School of Social Work, The Vagina Monologues is for everyone.
“For men, they get to see a whole side of women that they probably don’t even know about. For women, it just, reinforces being a woman, knowing that everyone, all women, feel the same,” said Farlowe.
Bemene Piaro is an actress in the play, and Health Educator for the Clarke County Health Department. She explains why The Vagina Monologues is important to her.
“Not just in Athens, but just in general, I know so many women, who have been touched by sexual violence, or know somebody who has been touched by sexual violence. I just think that, I do this for them. I think this community needs an outlet to talk about stuff like this. And that people will come to the play, and then maybe follow up, you know, on what’s being done in Athens to prevent domestic and sexual violence,” said Piaro.
Project Safe is a non-profit that is working to end domestic violence in Athens, by providing support services for survivors and educational advocacy programs for the community.
The Vagina Monologues will start tonight, and run through Sunday at the UGA Chapel. Tickets are $15 and can be bought online or at the door. All proceeds will go to Project Safe.