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'The Vagina Monologues,' will be presented at the Madras Performing Arts Center in Madras.

Twenty-two years after Eve Ensler's play, "The Vagina Monologues," shattered taboos, the production is coming to the Madras Performing Arts Center, Feb. 15.

"The Vagina Monologues," which will be presented at The Tower Theatre in Bend, and the Madras Performing Arts Center in Madras, is part of the worldwide V-Day movement.

V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and children, was started by Ensler, an activist, author and playwright, in 1998. The V stands for victory, Valentine (since the presentations typically take place on Valentine's Day), and vagina, according to Ensler.

On Friday, Feb. 15, in Madras, and Saturday, Feb. 16, in Bend, a cast of 28 Central Oregon women will present two benefit readings of Eve Ensler's award winning play.

The Madras production is set for Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Madras Performing Arts Center, 412 Buff St. Attendees of the Madras show mustd be 18 years old, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Bend show is on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., at The Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. However, the Tower Theater show is reportedly sold out.

All proceeds from the shows will be donated to three organizations doing work on behalf of women and girls in the Central Oregon community: Let's Talk Diversity, Planned Parenthood of Central Oregon and Shakti Rising Oregon.

This year's international V-Day spotlight is shining a light on women in prison, detention centers, and formerly incarcerated women.

Tickets for the Madras show are by donation and can be purchased at the door. Tickets for the Bend show at The Tower Theatre are available online, at www.towertheatre.org, and priced on a sliding scale; attendees are encouraged to choose a level that is significant to them, supporting the efforts of the important organizations supported by V-Day. All seats everywhere in The Tower are reservable, regardless of price.

Hailed by The New York Times as "probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade," "The Vagina Monologues," which was first performed off-Broadway by Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences.

Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world — from Zagreb to Bend, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City.

The show deals with sensitive material (sexually explicit language and graphic description of sexual violence) and is not censored. Kids and teens under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult for the Bend performances. In Madras, as noted, attendees must be 18 years old or accompanied by their parent or guardian.

V-Day raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Ensler's award-winning play and other artistic works. The V-Day movement has raised over $120 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based antiviolence programs and safe houses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt, and Iraq.

V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is one of the top-rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar.

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