A classic, modernist play on the struggles of body image, liberation and abuse comes to Marion starting this weekend to raise awareness for domestic violence and support a local DV shelter.

V-Day Marion and the McDowell Arts Council is presenting Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues at the Greenlee Theater in MACA on Feb. 17, 18 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Hailed by The New York Times and the Daily News as “funny”, “poignant” and “courageous”, The Vagina Monologues was first performed off-Broadway by Ensler in 1996 and dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. The show and other artistic works have been a central component to raise funds and awareness in the annual V-Day Campaign, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

Last year, over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world and raised over $5 million through performances of The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant. This year’s benefit performance of the show is presented as part of V-Day’s campaign One Billion Rising: Revolution, the international initiative that began on Valentine’s Day 2012 as a call for women survivors of violence to rise and demand an end to violence and has since taken place in over 200 countries around the world. More information on One Billion Rising can be found at www.onebillionrising.org.

Ninety percent of the profits in the show’s three-night run will go towards New HOPE, the domestic violence shelter in Marion that has recently been subject to theft and vandalism at their thrift stores on East Court Street and Rutherford Road.

The show will run on Friday, Feb. 17, Saturday, Feb. 18 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenlee Theatre in MACA. Tickets are $10. To reserve your tickets, call 659-PLAY, or visit fctplays.org.

To learn more about V-Day Marion, call (828) 390-9432 or email Arrieta Holloway at hollowayae@wpcc.edu. To learn more about V-Day and its campaigns, visit www.vday.org .