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College of Desert Student Organization To Present 'The Vagina Monologues'

Performance times are 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Saturday Feb. 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 24 at Pollock Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for non-students.

The College of the Desert Dramatic Arts Company, a student organization, plan to present "The Vagina Monologues," the episodic play written by Eve Ensler, on Feb. 22, 23, and 24.

Proceeds from the performances will benefit the Palm Desert nonprofit Shelter From The Storm, for victims of domestic violence, in recognition of the V-Day Global Campaign: One Billion Rising, a movement to end violence against women and girls, organizers said.

Performance times are 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Saturday Feb. 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 24 at Pollock Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for non-students.

Ensler wrote the first draft of the Vagina Monologues in 1996, based on interviews she did with 200 women about their views on sex, relationships, and violence against women, according to publicists.

She starred in the original off-Broadway production, and in 1998, Ensler and others launched V-Day. The non-profit movement claims to have raised more than $90 million for women's anti-violence groups.

One of every three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime, according to organizers with V-Day: One Billion Rising. In 2012, more than 5,800 V-Day benefits were staged in the U.S. and other nations, according to organizers.

"When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea we could end violence against women," Ensler said in a statement distributed by College of the Desert.

"Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, students, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign," Ensler said.

Shelter From the Storm was first established in the Coachella Valley in 1988, and the organization's 72-bed emergency shelter opened in September of 1993.

For ticket information and reservations call (760) 776-7370 or e-mail rdean3@collegeofthedesert.edu. Fore more about V-Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org or www.onebillionrising.

For more information on Shelter From the Storm, visit www.shelterfromthestorm.com.

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