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February 10th, 2001 Is V-Day!

01/09/2001

For Immediate Release: January 9, 2001
Contacts:
Bob Fennell
The Publicity Office
212-315-2120
Don Summa
Richard Kornberg & Associates
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Susan Vargo
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Oprah Winfrey · Jane Fonda · Glenn Close · Gloria Steinem · Queen Latifah · Rosie Perez · Marlo Thomas · Calista Flockhart · Ricki Lake · Kathy Najimy · Brooke Shields · Hazelle Goodman · Andrea Martin ·
Swoosie Kurtz · Nell Carter · Susie Essman · Gloria Reuben · Marisa Tomei · Kathleen Chalfant · Edie Falco · Shirley Knight · Carol Kane · Melissa Joan Hart · Rachel Blanchard · Marsha Mason · Phoebe Snow · Teri Hatcher · Erica Jong · LisaGay Hamilton · Pratibha Parmar · Katie Puckrik · Amy Irving · Julie Kavner · Natasha McElhone · Cynthia Garrett · Lolita Davidovich · Lois Smith · Teri Garr · Chloe Goodchild · Alicia Svigals · Viola Davis · Sanaa Lathan · Shiva Rose · Ulali · Julie Halston · Sarah Jones · Mikvah · Lisa Leguillou · Tonya Pinkins · Soraye Mire · Elizabeth Streb · Rue McClanahan · Mary Alice · Ann Magnuson · Lynn Whitfield · Dani Behr · Mary McCormack · Roma Maffia · Annabella Sciorra · Mary Testa · Rita Wilson · BETTY · Eve Ensler · Kimberly Williams · Sharon Gless · Claire Danes · Cynthia Nixon · Julia Stiles · Joan Osborne · Linda Ellerbee

**** WILL ALL TAKE PART IN V-DAY 2001 ****

A LIVE PERFORMANCE (WITH MUSIC AND DANCE) OF EVE ENSLER’S "THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES" AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

All Proceeds From Event Benefit Programs Working To End Violence Toward Women And Girls

Over 70 amazing women (see current list above) will participate in a landmark LIVE performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues (with special music and dance appearances) as part of V-Day 2001. All proceeds from the evening will be distributed by the V-Day Fund, established in 1998 to allocate funds to grassroots, national and international groups that combat violence toward women and girls. V-Day 2001 will rock Madison Square Garden (7th Ave. at 32nd St.) on Saturday, February 10th at 7 PM.

About V-Day 2001 at Madison Square Garden
As the centerpiece of V-Day 2001, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues will be performed as it never has been before. Over 70 women will share the stage performing the monologues and participating in song as the “Vulva Choir.” Some Monologues will be performed as solo works and some as duo or group storytelling. In addition to the original Monologues, Ms. Ensler will unveil new works written especially for the occasion and performed by Oprah Winfrey and Calista Flockhart. The evening also features the return of Jane Fonda to the New York stage.

Special appearances by musicians Joan Osborne, BETTY and Phoebe Snow as well as a performance by the Streb Dance Company will be featured throughout the evening.

The corporate sponsors for V-Day 2001 are Hearst Magazines and Marie Claire, Liz Claiborne, Women.com and Lifetime Television, with additional sponsor support from Tampax.

About the V-Day movement
V-Day is a global movement to end violence against girls and women. It produces cultural events to raise awareness and money for existing organizations. A vital, ongoing process that proclaims Valentine’s Day as V-Day, the movement seeks to reinvigorate efforts already underway and commence new initiatives in publicity, education and law. Three wildly successful celebrity benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues in New York (1998), at London’s Old Vic (1999) and in L.A. (2000), as well as performances at hundreds of colleges across the country, have raised thousands of dollars for local, national and international groups that work to stop violence against women. Contributions to the V-Day Fund come from many different places: individuals, corporations, foundations, product and book sales, benefit and commercial performances of "The Vagina Monologues." Well over one million dollars has been raised during the first three years alone.

About "The Vagina Monologues"
The catalyst for V-Day was Eve Ensler’s phenomenally successful play "The Vagina Monologues," which was originally produced in an OBIE Award-winning run in 1996 by HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art at HERE in New York. "The Vagina Monologues" opened Off-Broadway in New York at the Westside Theatre on October 3, 1999 to great acclaim. Eve Ensler, the play’s author, starred in the sold-out run through January 2000. The show then continued its standing-room-only engagement with three amazing women sharing the stage at every performance for a succession of multi-week engagements. The play has been presented across the country and is being performed around the world. In "The Vagina Monologues," Eve Ensler has given voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave, highly original and thoroughly human stories. Based on interviews with a diverse group of women, the play explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas. Having seen "The Vagina Monologues," no one – woman or man – will look at the world the same way again.

How to buy tickets for V-Day 2001
Ticket prices are $25-50-100-250-500-1000. Tickets are available online through TicketMaster.com
or by calling them at 212-307-7171.

For VIP ticket sales and Sponsorship Packages that include an invitation to the after-party with the cast, contact JFM2 Productions at 212-921-9070 or through sponsor@vday.org.