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County, school leaders will be in cast of V-day play

Two South Shore community leaders will perform in a play this month that aims to shed light on domestic abuse and end violence against women worldwide.

El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago and Wendy David, board member of Lake Tahoe Unified School District, are in the cast of “The Vagina Monologues,” an emotional snapshot of women’s lives from throughout the world.

Sure, that’s a shocking name to some, but it’s meant to rub you that way.

“Don’t let the title put you off,” David said, “because the message of ‘Vagina Monologues’ is a wonderful message of celebrating women and their strength. Collectively we have the power to stop domestic violence and stop the abuse that takes place worldwide.”

This is David’s third year participating in the play. She is case worker for Court Appointed Special Advocates.

The play can bring the audience to tears at times, and laughter at others.

“In these monologues there is a discussion of some very serious issues,” Santiago said. “You are going to learn some things, some of it is comical and some of it is very serious.”

This is Santiago’s second year doing the monologues. A former board member of the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, Santiago said it’s a way to increase awareness and support the agencies that dedicate themselves to ending that violence.

Ninety percent of funds raised go to Tahoe Youth and Family Service, the Women’s Center, and CASA and 10 percent will go to the International V-Day Fund.

“We are looking at a time when there are always funding shortages. This is a real need for our community,” Santiago said.

Santiago will declare the city a rape-free zone on Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theater after a showing of “Until the Violence Stops,” a documentary about V-Day.

“It’s to make a public statement that there is zero tolerance against rape in this community,” said organizer Jennifer Gurecki.

After the documentary show at the college, at 8 p.m. at Divided Sky, there will be a Jeopardy-style game show to discuss misconceptions about sex and sexuality.

“The Vagina Monologues” will be performed one night, Feb. 25, on the Tahoe Queen. Organizers expect to have a sold-out show because of the small number of seats.

Dress rehearsals will be held and are open to the public at the Wines on the Lake at Heavenly Village Feb. 19, 2 to 6 p.m., with wine tasting, and at Divided Sky in Meyers on Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer Gurecki or (530) 541-5682.

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