The Vagina Monologues
Written by Eve Ensler and based on interviews conducted with women, The Vagina Monologues explores views on sex, relationships, and violence against women. Initially written as a celebration of vaginas and femininity the production has evolved to support the movement to stop violence against women. The monologues contain stories relating to the vagina and women’s experiences on a range of subjects such love, sex, rape, menstruation, and birth. Throughout the monologues lies an undercurrent of empowerment and what it means for women to inhabit and love their bodies.
At George Mason, The Vagina Monologues are performed in February as part of V-Day George Mason. First performed at Mason in 1999, the event is cosponsored by Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Proceeds from the performance benefit the Mason Victims of Violence Fund.
What is V-Day?
Eve Ensler started V-Day in New York in 1994 and it has since spread worldwide. Through events and performances, V-Day draws attention to violence against women and girls. The benefits and gatherings raise funds for local anti-violence organizations and re-energize volunteers and supporters. In 130 countries, V-Day advocates against rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sexual slavery. Since its founding V-Day has raised over $90 million and reached more than 300 million people. For more information about the V-Day movement, please visit the national website.
Tickets become available mid-January at the Center for the Arts.
Tickets are usually $5 for Mason students, $10 for Mason faculty/staff and $25 for the general public. Tickets are also available at a group rate of $15 a ticket when purchased in blocks of 10 or more.
To purchase tickets at group rates, or for package deals, please call 703-993-8892.
A: The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler and will be performed and directed by women of the George Mason University community. The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. This is the 14th consecutive year The Vagina Monologues has been performed at George Mason University. This year, The Vagina Monologues is co-sponsored by Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services and Women’s and Gender Studies.
V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, founded by Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. For more information about V-Day and The Vagina Monologues please visit www.vday.org. [Back to top]
A: Tickets are $5 for Mason students (with ID), $10 for Mason faculty/staff and $25 for the general public. Tickets are also available at a group rate of $15 a ticket when purchased in blocks of 10 or more. [Back to top]
A: Tickets are $5 for George Mason University students who present a valid Mason ID. Students must go to the Concert Hall Box Office in person to purchase tickets.
Students located at Arlington, Prince William and Loudon campuses may download the student ticket request form and fax it along with a copy of their class schedule to (703)-993-8650. Tickets for Arlington, Prince William and Loudon students will be held at the venue Will Call window for pickup on the day of the performance. [Back to top]
A: You may purchase more than one ticket, but you will not be able to purchase a ticket for a friend at the student or faculty/staff rate. That person will need to go to the box office and show a valid Mason ID to qualify for the discounted rate. [Back to top]
A: Purchases of a block of 10 tickets or more will qualify for a reduced group rate of $15 per ticket. To purchase tickets at group rates, or for package deals, please call 703-993-8892. [Back to top]
A: Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for the same rates of $5 for students (with GMU ID), $10 for faculty/staff (with GMU ID), and $25 for the general public. Package deals will also be available at the door. Tickets purchased at the group rate must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early. [Back to top]
You may also drop any donations by our offices – Student Union Building One Ste. 3200, Fairfax Campus) between 8:30-5 Monday-Friday. If no one is available, you may leave your donation under the door to either 3213 or 3214. [Back to top]
A: The Vagina Monologues will be performed in Harris Theatre, on the George Mason University Fairfax campus. [Back to top]
A: Directions to George Mason University can be found online at www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU. If you have any additional questions about reaching George Mason University, please contact the Center for the Arts by phone at 703-993-2787 or online at www.gmu.edu/cfa/directions. [Back to top]
A: Tickets for The Vagina Monologues are for general admission – the show will be open seating. [Back to top]
A: Yes! If you have any additional questions about special accommodations, accessibility, or any other venue information, please contact the Center for the Arts by phone at 703-993-2787 or online at www.gmu.edu/cfa/about/accessibility. [Back to top]
A: For The Vagina Monologues, a variety of attire is acceptable. Some people still like to make theatre-going a formal event – in business suits, ties, or cocktail dresses. Others will come dressed less formally in pants suits, skirts and blouses, sports coats, or even jeans. It’s more important to us that you come and that you are comfortable than what you are wearing when you get here.
Harris Theatre does not offer coat-check facilities. [Back to top]
A: No food or drink is allowed in the theatre. Please finish any items before going to your seat and dispose of any wrappers, cups or containers in the provided trash receptacles. [Back to top]
A: Your desire to “capture the magic” is understandable, but not allowed. Please do not bring recording devices to the theater. Video cameras, cameras (flash, no flash or cell phone) are prohibited, as are audio recorders of all kinds. Any and all recording of the production violates copyright agreements. Flash cameras can endanger performers or distract an actor, whose work requires extreme mental focus and emotional concentration.
If you must bring a cell phone or other device, make sure that it is turned off in order not to disturb other patrons and the performers during the performance. [Back to top]
A: Men are encouraged to attend the show. Men are also invited to participate in College Campaign productions but not as actors. Male actors are not used, because the show is about women representing women’s voices. Men are invited to get involved behind the scenes as well as to facilitate men’s discussion groups and other activities. [Back to top]
A: We are always looking for volunteers to help us prepare for the show – in advance and the days of our performances. If you would like to be involved, please contact Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services. [Back to top]
If you have any additional questions, please call Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services at 703-993-2837.