V-Day: A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer: Writing To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls will occur Feb. 17 at Coastal Carolina University.
The event is being coordinated by Professor Amanda Masterpaul in the theater department, Jessica Durivage Kerridge, a former theatre major from Coastal, Dr. Ina Seethaler, the director of women's and gender studies, and Students Advocating Gender Equality (SAGE).
The event combines theatre and activism in a collection of monologues. Last year, SAGE coordinated The Vagina Monologues, which is a similar performance about experiences of women.
Krystina Miller is a junior Sociology major and Women’s and Gender studies minor. She is also the president of SAGE. She has helped coordinate both last year’s and this year’s event by assisting with auditions, logistics, sponsorships, raffle donations and marketing.
Miller views this as an effective form of activism.
"This performance highlights voices affected by violence in a way that every single person in the audience will be able to relate to in one way or another,” said Miller. “It provides them with both a good show and a meaningful takeaway.”
Before the performance, viewers will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle. All proceeds will go to the Rape Crisis Center of Horry and Georgetown Counties. The center provides crisis intervention, emotional support and information and referrals to those who have experienced rape and sexual assault.
“I'm so grateful to be able to work with the incredible women I mentioned to help put such an important event together,” said Miller. “Being part of a student organization and community that values women and their stories is really special. Finally, I'm grateful to be able to raise money for an organization that is so important to me.”
Students or sponsors who wish to get involved can contact Miller at email@example.com for more information.