PULLMAN – All women are encouraged to audition for the WSU 2008 benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues.” Auditions will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 in Wilson Hall Room 6.

No theater experience or preparation for the audition is needed. Women of all ethnicities, backgrounds and sexual orientations are encouraged to audition.

Jordan Hightower, a WSU senior and director of the 2008 production said, “A part in ‘The Vagina Monologues’ is a way of getting involved in an ongoing fight against violence, and everyone involved helps make a difference in ending violence against women.”

Women who make it through the first round of auditions will be asked back Nov. 13 and 14 at 6 p.m. in Wilson Hall room 6 for the final selection. Selected actresses will need to commit two hours each week starting in January for rehearsals. Performances of the benefit production will be held in late February.

Eve Ensler created “The Vagina Monologues” after interviewing more than 200 women about their experiences with men, other women, sex, life and violence. The first performance of “The Vagina Monologues” started a global movement called V-Day, which is aimed at stopping violence against women and girls. Since 1998 V-Day has raised millions of dollars to help educate people about violence against women.

V-Day WSU is a registered student organization supported by Health and Wellness Services. Each year the group raises money from the benefit production and other fundraisers and donates it to organizations working to prevent violence against women and girls. The 2007 local beneficiary was Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse.

For more information about auditions contact Kari Kelly at (509) 335-7472 or vday@wsu.edu. For more information about the local benefit production, go to www.hws.wsu.edu.