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‘The Vagina Monologues’ performances to benefit Advocates

— With a title like “The Vagina Monologues,” it might surprise some people to learn that half the members of the audience attending local performances of the famous play typically are men.

“Most men that have seen it are surprised with how much they enjoy the performance,” said Kyle Paolantonio, who is co-directing the Steamboat Springs production with Kim Keith. “My brother-in-law came last year with my sister, and he said that he had no idea how much women thought about their vagina.”

This will be the fourth year Off the Beaten Path Bookstore has hosted the V-Day Steamboat Springs production of “The Vagina Monologues” during the Valentine’s Day weekend.

V-Day is celebrated across 170 countries to unite communities on a global scale to educate people about women’s issues and raise money for local organizations that help women and girls, Paolantanio said.

This year, the cast includes 15 local women, but the production itself has involved an additional 35 women and men who have volunteered to help with set building, fundraising, ticket sales and lighting design.

The play, which was written by Eve Ensler, affects audience members differently.

“The show can make you cry and laugh, but mostly, it makes you leave feeling empowered and ready to stand up and take action against any injustice, no matter what that is,” Paolantonio said.

As in past years, 90 percent of the proceeds from the V-Day production will benefit Advocates Building Peaceful Communities, a nonprofit organization that has been providing assistance to area women for 30 years.

The other 10 percent of the profits will be donated to One Billion Rising, a global campaign founded by Ensler that urges people to rise up against violence against women on Feb. 14.

“If you want to join this cause, you can come rise with the rest of the ‘Vagina Monologue’ cast at the Feb. 14 performance,” Paolantonio said.

Performances are slated for Thursday and Friday at Off the Beaten Path, 68 Ninth St. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. followed by the performance at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.

A third VIP performance will be held Saturday at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Tickets for this show are $50 and include a reception and happy hour at 7 p.m. before the performance starts at 8:15 p.m.

“If our community members could come and see the performance, they would be helping us succeed in our vision, which is educating the Steamboat Springs community about the challenges that women and girls face on a global scale,” Paolantonio said.

Tickets can be purchased at Off the Beaten Path and the Depot Art Center or by calling 970-879-6830.

To reach Lisa Schlichtman, call 970-871-4221, email lschlichtman@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @LSchlichtman

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