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April 10, 2014

'Vagina Monologues' returns to Lawrence

Following a two-year hiatus, activist group V-Day Lawrence is bringing "The Vagina Monologues" by Eve Ensler to the Claddagh Irish Pub on Canal Street. The show will be performed by a cast of 10 women, some of whom are travelling to take part in the show.

"I have a performer coming from Florida, a performer coming from Maine," said director Natalie Frometa. "They both have ties to Merrimack Valley."

The well-known show features a series of stories told by women of all ages and background. Some are humorous, while others are focused on serious subjects like sexual assault and gender equality. Although the show is performed exclusively by women, its appeal is wide-reaching.

"Whether you're male, female, black, white -- I don't care who you are, something about this play is going to register with you," Frometa said.

Frometa also is organizing a pre-show, with "a mixed cast of artists, sculptors, musicians and poets." Proceeds from the performance benefit Delamano, a local organization focused on preventing domestic violence; Health Quarters, a clinic that provides free and low-cost healthcare; and the YWCA of Lawrence.

"Every dollar we make goes directly to our beneficiaries," Frometa said. "We start with zero, we end with zero."

V-Day Lawrence's performances of "Vagina Monologues" have sold out every year they've been performed, she said.

V-Day Lawrence is soon going to start supporting a new group that Frometa will introduce during the performances: Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA).

"They're a global movement [from] different states, different countries, of motorcycle drivers who provide protection for [abused children]," she said.

BACA members provide moral support to children in abusive situations, and serve as chaperones to and from therapy appointments and court hearings.

V-Day Lawrence hasn't performed "Vagina Monologues" for the past two years, but the organization did have other events.

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