V-Day focuses on inmates' stories

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Feb. 5, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 4, 2014 at 8:05 p.m.

The V-Day celebration in Victoria is taking a different twist this year.

"Any One of Us: Words From Prison," is a play by Eve Ensler, the creator of "The Vagina Monologues," centered around the lives of inmates from a women's penitentiary.

Organizer Lisa DeVries said the group chose to perform the new act because it wanted to pay tribute to voices often not heard before.

"Almost all of them were in abusive relationships before they were in prison," DeVries said. "Any one of us could be in an abusive relationship and may not know when to push back."

DeVries, a Victoria College professor, said she hopes the turnout is better than years past.

The proceeds benefit Mid-Coast Family Services' Women's Crisis Center.

"A new thing this year is that we'll have musical performances," DeVries said. "Most of the players this year are new."

V-Day is an international movement against violence toward women.

This is the fifth annual V-Day celebration in Victoria.

The first year, the group screened a video affiliated with the movement, and the second year, the Victoria group performed "The Vagina Monologues" in its original form - which brought out the annual event's largest turnout, DeVries said.

"I would love to see two sold-out shows again," DeVries said. "I don't know if that's going to happen this year, but if it did, I'd be happy as a clam."



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