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V-Day JCCC presents benefit reading of "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer" March 29

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Johnson County Community College students will present readings that explore the impact of violence against women during a benefit performance March 29 that raises both awareness and funds to help stop violence against women and girls.

Readings from “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer: Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls” will be presented at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in Polsky Theatre of the Carlsen Center at JCCC. Tickets are $5 for students, $15 for the general public in advance, or $20 at the door, and are available at the JCCC Box Office, by phone at 913-469-4445, or online.

The performance will include essays and poems about violence against women written by both men and women. They include an essay on the effect rape has on a brother and son, one on how a woman reacted to the rape of a stranger, and another on the power of saying “don’t.” It also includes poems by Alice Walker and Maya Angelou. The works are from a collection edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. Ensler is the author of “The Vagina Monologues” and is the founder of V-Day, a global activist movement dedicated to stopping violence against women and girls.

Pieces scheduled to be performed are:

  • “In Memory of Imette” by Periel Aschenbrand
  • “True” by Carol Michele Kaplan
  • “Groceries” by Abiola Abrams
  • “Maurice” by Kathy Najimy
  • “Blueberry Hill” by Christine House
  • “The Closet” by Howard Zinn
  • “To Stop the Violence Against Woman” by Alice Walker
  • “My House is Wallpapered with Lies” by Carol Gilligan
  • “First Kiss” by Mollie Doyle
  • “Woman Work” by Maya Angelou
  • “Rescue” by Mark Matousek
  • “Then We Were Jumping” by Eve Ensler

JCCC students who will perform the pieces are Mak Booher, John Conklin, Emma Cook, Lisa Fiori, Raquel Figueroa, Katie Force, Kendyl Leigh McDougald and Hannah White.

Beate Pettigrew, JCCC associate professor of theatre, will direct the performance. Gina Egan, assistant professor of science, is the JCCC V-Day organizer for the event.

“Violence against women and girls is rampant in the United States and the entire rest of the world,” Egan said. “The issue must be addressed, awareness increased, and solutions considered and implemented. V-Day JCCC provides an outlet for our students and entire community to come together and get involved in this global campaign to eradicate violence against women and girls while also supporting local organizations already at the forefront.”

Proceeds from the performance will benefit Safehome, a Johnson County agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling and prevention education, and the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), a Kansas City agency that provides therapy, support and advocacy for victims of rape and sexual assault, for sexually abused children, for adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and for others touched by sexual violence. In addition, 10 percent of the proceeds will go to V-Day.

This is the second year V-Day JCCC has presented the benefit reading. Last year’s performance raised more than $1,400 for the charities and V-Day.