Article by Michael Somers

The Midland Center for the Arts is staging an already sold-out run of Eve Ensler’s Obie Award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, this coming weekend, February 12-14.

Representatives from Midland’s Shelterhouse will speak prior to each performance of The Vagina Monologues, and they will offer information on services available locally to those impacted by domestic or sexual violence.

The Vagina Monologues began as a series of interviews, over 200 in all, playwright Eve Ensler had with women across the United States about their vaginas and experiences they had being women.  The stories she heard were sometimes funny, sometimes gut-wrenching, and frequently poignant.

Spawned by the success of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler created V-Day, a movement to stop violence against women and girls, locally, nationally, and internationally.  Through awareness campaigns centered around performances of The Vagina Monologues, communities around the world help raise funds to donate to local women’s shelters and women's organizations.  All proceeds from V-Day activities go to organizations dedicated to ending violence against women.

To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $60 million for the cause of ending violence against women.  In 2001, V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities," and in 2006 one of Marie Claire Magazine's "Top Ten Charities."

For more information about the upcoming sold-out shows, contact Midland Center for the Arts at (989) 631-5930.   Show times are Friday, February 12, and Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 14, at 3 p.m.

For more information about V-Day, visit

© Michael Somers, 2010