Chicago, IL,
14:01 PM

Vagina Monologues

For Immediate Release 


GSU Theatre Students Raise Money for the YWCA and South Suburban Family Shelter with Famous Monologues on Women

University Park, IL, February 8, 2016 – At the heart of theatre is giving back. Artists use their talents to inspire, entertain and provoke, and sometimes to help others. That’s exactly what GSU Theatre and Performance Studies (T.A.P.S.) students are doing on Valentine’s weekend for the YWCA. TAPS students will be presenting Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues on Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Sherman Hall on campus.

The award-winning play is based on Eve Ensler's interviews with over 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strength. For nearly two decades, The Vagina Monologues has brought awareness to the conversation of ending violence against women and girls. All proceeds will benefit the YWCA and South Suburban Family Shelter.

GSU’s T.A.P.S. Program Director Patrick Santoro says, “Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues is our first student directed TAPS production. As a department, we are committed to producing works that both entertain and inform, works that explore our current social, cultural, and political landscape. The cast and crew are working diligently, and we are both proud and inspired by their commitment to producing this important work, one we know the audience (both women and men) will enjoy.

The production is co-directed by Misturat Ganiyu and Lois Nemeth, both GSU students. Cast members include students and GSU staff and faculty from all over the south suburbs:

Theresa Banks (Country Club Hills, IL)Kaylna Brumfield (Richton Park, IL)Lynne Clayton (Park Forest, IL)Misturat GaniyuSara GutierrezCaron JacobsonDemar JohnsonHope Lang (Monee, IL)ShaQueen LeeKayla Liggins (SW Chicago, IL)Lois NemethRoshaunda Ross (Homewood, IL)Lorri Searcy|Burma ThomasHayley Zarifis (Manteno, IL)


For Tickets and InformationTickets $10. Cash only at the door.

About GSU’s TAPS Program: In 2014, The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved Theatre and Performance Studies as a Bachelor’s Degree at GSU; the only such degree combining the two disciplines at a public state university in Illinois.To stay connected and receive program updates, visit and “like” us at

About the YWCA: YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

About South Suburban Family Shelter: South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) provides caring and confidential help to victims of domestic violence.

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