On February 22, 2012, a collection of local artists will come together to stage a production of one of the most impactful and groundbreaking plays of our time – The Vagina Monologues. More than just entertainment, The Vagina Monologues is part of a global non-profit movement, “V-Day,” which campaigns for ending violence against women and girls. Founded by playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler, V-Day takes place in over 140 countries around the world and is sustained through the work of grassroots activists and the people who support them.
This year, we – a group of friends who happen to be actors, producers, and directors – decided to be an active part of the movement by staging a performance of The Vagina Monologues. Over the last several months, we have registered for the rights for the show, held auditions to assemble an amazingly talented cast, and reserved the stage at Busboys and Poets (14 and V St. NW, DC) for the event. After rigorously researching various local charities, we decided upon WEAVE (Washington Empowered Against Violence, http://www.weaveincorp.org/) as the beneficiary of our proceeds, a remarkable organization which offers numerous free services for victims of violence, including legal services and counseling, as well as community education and outreach in the DC area.
Our entire show is non-profit: All production costs have come out of our pockets, all actors are unpaid, and all ticket earnings go straight to donations. Unfortunately, as excited and passionate as we are about this project, that passion can’t help us pay for rehearsal space, the performance venue, audition space, ticket website fees, or publicity efforts.
This is where you come in! If you can donate anything - $10, $20, $50 – to help us offset production costs, you would be an integral part in the success of our show! All donations through this site will go directly towards the cost of producing The Vagina Monologues. Any excess funds will be added to the proceeds of the show and donated to WEAVE, our amazing local non-profit.
Anything – even $5 – would help! Thanks for taking the time to read this, and even if you can’t afford to donate today we hope you can attend the show! Please feel free to e-mail with any questions. Remember – Keep dreaming of a world in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive!