CORVALLIS - Oregon State University will stage V-Day 2003 on Feb. 13-14 with three performances of "The Vagina Monologues," focused on ending violence against women and proclaiming Valentine's Day as a day to celebrate women.

V-Day 2003 is part of a movement founded in 1998 dedicated to celebrating and liberating women, as well as fighting domestic violence. The debut is scheduled at OSU's LaSells Stewart Center, at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13. Two additional presentations are scheduled at the center on Feb. 14, with an afternoon performance at 4 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, available at the door and in advance at OSU Student Involvement, are $5. For information, contact Student Involvement at 541-737-2101.

Some people may find the subject matter objectionable. "The Vagina Monologues," is a compilation of 200 interviews with women talking about their sex organs. New York author Eve Ensler had asked women from a mix of age, race and social backgrounds questions that delved into issues of female sexuality. Ensler then produced her work as a one-woman New York stage show in 1996.

At OSU, a number of different people will present selections from Ensler's work, including community people, as well as Oregon State University faculty, staff and students.

The first V-Day was staged in New York on Valentine's Day, 1998, starring a number of celebrities, including Winona Ryder, Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Calista Flockhart, Rosie Perez, Susan Sarandon and Lily Tomlin.

The goal for colleges is to get the V-Day message out by encouraging campuses around the world to celebrate V-Day in their communities with a performance of "The Vagina Monologues." The event is sponsored by OSU's Women's Center.

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Student Involvement, 541-737-2101