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Vagina Monologues Coming to Gonzaga this Week

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YWCA Spokane is partnering with Gonzaga University’s Theatre Department this week to bring a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues to Spokane on Valentine’s Day.

The event is in support of this year’s V-Day campaign, an annual global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls.

Proceeds from the show will go toward the YWCA Spokane’s Domestic Violence Safe Shelter.

The Vagina Monologues is a play that explores consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, reproduction, sex work, and other sensitive topics through the eyes of women of various ages, races and sexualities.

“The Vagina Monologues are powerful for the voices they give to so many people who are usually silenced by society.  And telling those stories, in those voices, gives power to the narratives – it reminds us all that these stories matter, and in fact every woman’s story matters,” said Leslie Stamoolis, Gonzaga University’s Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance, in a press release.

Until 2011, the play was banned on Gonzaga’s campus. This will be the first time it will be open to the general public.

The performance will be held Feb. 14 at Gonzaga University’s Magnuson Theatre, 502 E Boone Ave. Doors will open at 7 p.m for ticket purchases. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for $15 per person through Gonzaga University’s Theatre Department website.

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Lecture of Strategic Communication at the University of Idaho.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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