Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - April 2, 2010

Women share stories to help others

'Vagina Monologues' shows to benefit Tri-Valley Haven's domestic violence programs

Eve Ensler's popular production, "The Vagina Monologues" is back at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore to help bolster the Tri-Valley Haven'ts domestic violence and sexual assault programs.

The show opens at 8 tonight, with performances also taking place Saturday and April 9 at the same time. Local businesses will also host performances during downtown Livermore's shopping event from 6 to 9 p.m. April 7.

In keeping with the spirit of the show, Livermore's downtown association has deemed April to be Women Helping Women month. Downtown merchants will be offering special items -- such as "V-tinis" -- with proceeds also going to the Haven.

Tickets range from $27 to $42 and can be purchased at www.bankheadtheater.org or by calling 373-6800.

The Haven's funding was recently slashed due to state budget cuts. Its Rape Crisis Center serves over 200 sexual assault survivors from Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin each year. Additionally, more than 300 women and children stay in the domestic violence shelter annually. The Haven strives to break the cycle of violence by teaching classes in area high schools, elementary and middle schools.

For more information, call Christine at 449-5845.

--Emily West

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