ODESSA---Different versions of Eve Ensler's award winning play 'The Vagina Monologues' have been performed all over the world and has even created a global activist movement to end violence against women called "V-Day".
In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place around the world and this year Odessa will be one of the cities to raise awareness.
Rosyln Ross is an Odessan with a passion for theater who is directing 'The Vagina Monologues' at the Globe Theaters Black Box in Odessa. Ross says she's using that passion for theater to shine a light on domestic violence.
"This is the time for everyone to stand up and say 'we're not gonna take it anymore'" says Ross.
The show has teamed up with the Odessa Crisis Center in order to raise awareness about this global problem.
"Women and men are abused all over the world" says Ross "we're more familiar and aware of domestic abuse here in Odessa, in Texas and in the United States, but it happens everywhere".
Tara Holt is the Primary Prevention Coordinator with the Odessa Crisis Center and says that partnering with the show will help keep their services around.
"We're primarily funded through State and Federal grants" says Holt "so we really rely on our community partners to help us stay open to do what we do".
Holt says over 1,000 family violence related reports were made to the Odessa Police and Sheriff's department last year and sometimes those family's need more help.
"What we see is usually about 300 new clients that will come to us for assistance" says Holt.
Even though 'The Vagina Monologues' may seem radical to some people, Holt says there's truth to the production.
"We feel that the monologues show a great walk between what a victim goes through to becoming a survivor" says Holt.
The Vagina Monologues will have it's grand opening on February 16th at 8:00PM and will have additional shows on February 22nd and 23rd at 8:00PM at the Globe Theaters Black Box.
General Admission $15
Cast Includes: Paula Waldrop, April VanHouten, Devi Russell, D'Alice Belanger and Jackie Barron
Director: Rosyln Ross
Assistant Director: Tracy Scribner