Antioch University Los Angeles is celebrating the 10th anniversary of participating in V-Day with performances of The Vagina Monologues on Friday, February 23th and Saturday the 24th. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the V-Day.
Twenty years ago, Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming), bringing widespread attention to issues of harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery. V-Day has garnered massive attention for its awareness and charity toward programs targeted at helping women out of violent situations.
The Antioch V-Day performances feature student actors from both the undergraduate and graduate programs. On Valentine’s Day, there will be the annual bake sale in which ticket and dessert sales will go to support V-Day, SafeBae, and Children of the Night to end violence against women.
“It was kind of amazing” said alumna Lesley Alexander, who started the tradition at AULA in 2008 when she was a student in the BA in Liberal Studies program. “The V-Day mission matched with Antioch’s mission.”
Alexander approached faculty member and Dean of Assessment and Student Learning Andrea Richards with the proposition of V-Day’s college campaign.”Not everybody was supportive at first, they were like ‘yeah, prove it.’” Alexander was approved as an official organizer and took on responsibility as a director and producer of the event on campus. She debuted The Vagina Monologues in February of 2008. “In other words, I proved it,” said Alexander.
And prove it, they did. The V-Day performances each year were always built on a variety of different awareness tactics. “We did a flash mob one year at the mall,” says Richards, who says she exclusively works behind the scenes for V-Day, sighed and followed up: “yes there is video and I’m in it.” Richards and the cast spent time rehearsing the moves on the top floor of the parking garage. “We couldn’t get permission from the mall, so security guards were coming at us and we had to walk off,” Richards laughs. Both Richards and Alexander are looking forward to what this 10th anniversary will bring.
Don’t miss out on both the Valentine’s Day bake sale from 9am-7pm in A1000 as well as the performances the following week on the 23rd and 24th.