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Sorority’s Performance of VM to Benefit Turning Point of Lehigh Valley

Bethlehem, Pa., January 23, 2009—The Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority at Moravian College will present Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues (VM) on Saturday, February 7, at 2:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. Admission is $8 dollars for general public and $5 dollars for students.  A silent auction will be held prior to the performance offering gift certificates, jewelry, and other items. All proceeds will benefit Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley and the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Women from the campus community audition for roles in the performance. This year's performers include: Kristina Crescente ’09, Molly Russo ’10, Rebeka Houska ’10, Jordan Pesce ’12, Julia Damiani ’12, Jennifer Balliet ’11, Katherine Gallagher ’09, Janine Noel ’10, Caitlin Adolph ’11, Isabelle Kost ’10, Grace Teodosio ’10, Carli Timpson ’11, Katherine Morash ’12, Elizabeth Festa ’09, and Professor Naomi Gal.

“The performance focuses on raising the awareness of women’s issues, aiming to end violence against women and girls,” said Elizabeth Festa, coordinator of the program at Moravian this year.  “The project coincides with the publication of ‘Free to Be,’ a project that members of Alpha Sigma Alpha worked with Professor Naomi Gal to produce. The book tells the stories of women from Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, as well as the Moravian College community. Orders for the book will be taken at the performance at The Vagina Monologues,” she noted.

The Vagina Monologues is a controversial work created by Even Ensler. The play debuted off-off Broadway in 1996 and has gained momentum in recent years. It began when Ensler portrayed an elderly woman in New Jersey, a proper British lady who discovers her own sexuality late in life, a New York sex worker, and a young lesbian. Her acting and show became very much alive. Exploring the humor, pain, wisdom, and mystery hidden in vaginas, the Vagina Monologues covers everything from hair to the instruments of torture found in the gynecologist’s office; the horror of genital mutilation in Africa to the wonder of birth. While most of it is hilarious, parts of it can be depressing such as the segment on the rape victims of Bosnia.

Turning Point of Lehigh Valley is a safe place where victims of abuse and their children can find refuge, providing services in Lehigh and Northampton Counties to more than 5,000 victims of domestic violence each year. Turning Point’s mission is to work toward the elimination of domestic violence; increase community awareness of the problem; and empower victims of domestic violence by providing shelter and support services.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.