‘Vagina Monologues’ shows Wednesday, Friday benefit three women’s charities
With Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” now as associated with February as Valentine’s Day, Arts at the Armory in Somerville may be offering your last chance to see the show for a year.
The V-Day Somerville Spring Hill group has shows scheduled Wednesday and Friday, featuring women who live in Somerville, Cambridge, South Boston, Boston and beyond as actors, directors and crew, and the shows benefit three charities: Amirah, Respond and Girls LEAP.
Girls LEAP gives teens in urban schools training in empowerment and self-defense, organizers said, while Amirah is a safe house and recovery center for survivors of sex trafficking and Respond is a domestic violence shelter and advocacy resource center.
The play, with segments ranging from funny to heartbreaking and dealing with topics as varied as menstruation, rape and slang, was first staged in 1996 and attracted a rotating cast of celebrity readers. It quickly developed a charitable angle called V-Day, which uses the play to raise money for efforts to prevent violence against women.
Tickets are $10 to $20 and are available online or at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the shows begin at 7 p.m. There will be food and beer and wine available for purchase, as well as raffle tickets – with prizes that include an elaborate fabric vagina throw.
“Who doesn’t want to have a vagina in their bed?” organizers asked on the event’s Facebook page.