Girls Incorporated of the Northern Sacramento Valley (Girls Inc. NSV) is proud to be the chosen recipient organization for two benefit performances of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues.” The Feb. 21 and 28 performances are presented by V-Day Tehama-Shasta, a local non-profit that is part of an international mission to end violence against women and girls.
The shows take place 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the State Theater, 333 Oak Street in Red Bluff, and 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the First United Methodist Church in Redding, 1825 East Street in Redding. All proceeds go to end violence against women and girls; 90 percent of proceeds stay local to benefit Girls Inc. NSV, which provides empowerment programs and workshops to Shasta and Tehama County girls ages 6 to 18.
Performed by a talented local cast, “The Vagina Monologues” is a collection of moving, often hilarious, heart-wrenching stories that share a common theme: the joys, challenges and trials of owning a vulva. Attendees will hear stories from many aspects of the female experience as the performers give voice to women and girls from all walks of life. “The Vagina Monologues” delves into women’s sexuality, strengths, sisterhood, humor, and much more. A few monologues share the pain of rape, abuse and intolerance. The performance includes adult language and content and is intended for mature audiences; parental guidance is strongly advised.
Attendees will be supporting ongoing Girls Inc. NSV programs for local girls, including group classes that teach girls to nurture their own self-esteem, respect their bodies and each other, and to recognize and defend themselves against harmful relationships. Girls Inc.’s wide range of programs also teach girls financial literacy, encourage participation in sports and community leadership, and mentor girls as they seek careers in science, math, technology and engineering.
Tickets for “The Vagina Monologues” are $15 and can be purchased online at VDay-Shasta.eventbrite.com (for the Redding show) or VDay-Tehama.eventbrite.com (for the Red Bluff show). Or, purchase tickets in person at Toucan Tans,2012 Hilltop Dr. in Redding, or at Wink Fashion and Salon, 629 Main St. in Red Bluff.