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4AM Productions’ ‘The Vagina Monologues’ continues today

All proceeds given to women’s shelter

Kimberly Ross as The Flood in 4AM Productions’ production of “The Vagina Monologues.” (Heidi Hampton/Courtesy)

Kimberly Ross as The Flood in 4AM Productions’ production of “The Vagina Monologues.” (Heidi Hampton/Courtesy)

4AM Productions’ first community production of “The Vagina Monologues” at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University continues with one more show Saturday, Feb. 24.

Though it was put on in Prescott before, she didn’t see anybody doing it when moving to the area a year ago, said Director Heidi Hampton. When she ended up with 4AM Productions’ John Duncan to act in his most recent show, “Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” she saw an opportunity, Hampton said.

“I said ‘hey, you do you feel about ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and he said, ‘I have wanted to be involved since I was 18,” she said. “I said, ‘well, I have been involved since 2008,’ so let’s put our

heads together and here we are today.”

The show starts at 7:30 at ERAU’s Davis Learning Center, 3700 Willow Creek Road. Tickets are $15 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be given directly to Prescott Area Shelter Services. Donations of gently used clothing, hygiene products, diapers and food will be accepted as well.

Hampton said she cast people local from the area, some of whom are actors. One person is coming up from Phoenix and is in the show because he is a transgender male and will be doing an original transgender piece, she said. There will also be a transgender part for a male-to-female transgender person, Hampton said.

“We have a girl who is an Embry-Riddle student and she wrote a monologue about her being on Embry-Riddle, on campus and what it entailed,” she said. “Her story, while she’s okay, there’s people that are not and she kind of calls the school out.”

Though it’s been difficult to wrangle the large cast and get everyone together, seeing them be more empowered, hearing everybody’s stories and watching friendships blossom is really awesome, Hampton said.

“The Vagina Monologues” is a show people need to come and see, she said, noting she believes there is a lack of education. Further if there is domestic violence happening, people usually ignore it, Hampton said.

“They kind of do the old ostrich trick, they put their head in the sand and if I don’t see it, it’s not happening,” she said. “This show is going to bring it to you and it’s going to … hopefully empower them, it’s going to hopefully give them some knowledge, it’s going to give them the tools to give them counseling and help if needed.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 4AM Productions at 928-421-1123. Tickets are also available at www.4amproductions.net.

Prescott College students will also be putting on a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Sam Hill Warehouse, 232 N. Granite St. Admission is free with a suggested donation.