LEWISTON – Elizabeth Wilcox, a senior from South Glastonbury, Conn., will direct the ninth annual Bates College production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-7.

The Obie Award-winning play, which premiered 13 years ago, is based on interviews Ensler conducted with more than 200 women about their sexuality, their bodies and their stories of violence and sexual abuse. The result is a collection of stories that are personal yet universal.

The production is being put on by the Robinson Players, a student theater group at Bates. Admission is $3, with proceeds going to the Western Maine Community Action Health Clinic in Lewiston.

“This show is performed to help to stop violence against women,” said Wilcox. “All proceeds from every show performed around the United States go to the director’s choice of an organization which aids women.”

Since its premiere, Ensler’s play has been performed to broad acclaim worldwide. Productions have featured such top actors as Glenn Close, Cate Blanchett, Susan Sarandon, Lily Tomlin, Kate Winslet, Melanie Griffith and Calista Flockhart.

“The Vagina Monologues” has been produced in thousands of colleges, universities, cities, towns and high schools since 1998. These events have raised millions of dollars for local charities over the last 10 years.

The Western Maine Community Action Health Clinic provides family planning and services related to sexually transmitted diseases. Established in 1965, the clinic assists low- to moderate-income people in Franklin, Androscoggin and Oxford counties.

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Theater, 305 College St. For more information, call (207) 786-6161.


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