By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - Instead of The Vagina Monologues, a different Eve Ensler play will take centre stage in support of sexual assault victims in the area.
© Adam Brazeau
Pictured are Angela Vinet, SASS executive director, and Trudy Watt, SASS counsellor and volunteer coordinator.
In conjunction with international V-Day celebrations, Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) for Women of SDG&A is hosting a local production of The Good Body.
The play will be staged on Friday, February 28, at the Ramada Inn and Conference Centre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a silent auction, featuring donations from artists, artisans, and businesses, as well as live pre-show entertainment.
"Each woman will walk away with something a little different from the play," said Angela Vinet, SASS executive director. "It really focuses on all the different aspects of a woman’s life."
Three local actresses - Abby Fontaine, Virginia Lake, and Michelle Theoret - make up the three-hander which takes a look at women’s issues through a series of animated journal entries.
The funds raised will help with the day-to-day operations of SASS.
"It allows us to continue our programming, widen our scope of practice, and help fund public awareness campaigns," she said.
SASS is currently servicing over 40 women from the community and the need grows daily.
The non-profit organization offers one-on-one counselling services, group therapy, healing circles, art therapy sessions, bilingual crisis lines, public education and prevention programs (for groups, schools, agencies, and workplaces), and accompaniment services (to the police station, hospital, and court).
"We are always looking for volunteers to help us with fundraising, public education, and awareness events," said Vinet. "Donations are always welcome. Every little bit helps."
Tickets are $20 in advance (Strung out Guitars, at 601 Montreal Road) and $25 at the door. Proceeds will benefit SASS, with a portion going to V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.
- With files from Roxanne Delage.