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Global Green USA and V-Day Produce Benefit Reading of Eve Ensler's New Play O.P.C. (Obsessive Political Correctness)

06/08/2009


On Friday, May 29 at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Global Green USA and V-Day presented the premier West Coast reading of Eve Ensler's new play, O.P.C. (Obsessive Political Correctness) featuring Stockard Channing; Brenda Currin; Greg Itzin; Ravi Kapoor; Analeis Lorig; Liz Mikel; Lee Pace and Andrea Riseborough.

Produced by James Lecesne and Robert Egan, the one night only benefit sold out the 400 capacity theater, and received a standing ovation and rave reviews from the crowd. O.P.C. is a wildly funny and irreverent exploration of consumption and politics that asks, "How are we to survive as a species if we insist on destroying the world we love?

The evening also featured a post-play discussion with Eve Ensler (Playwright, V-Day Founder) & Matt Petersen (Global Green President) about protecting women and the environment. A reception followed, attendees included the cast as well as Ensler and Petersen, along with supporters Pat Mitchell and Scott Seydel, Jennifer Buffett, Arianna Huffington, Lauren Hutton, Paula Mazur, Dylan McDermott, Shiva Rose, Marisa Tomei, and V-Day Board members Carole Black, Kerry Washington, Rosario Dawson, Pat Mitchell, and Sheryl Sandberg.

ABOUT GLOBAL GREEN USA & V-DAY

Founded in 1993 by activist and philanthropist Diane Meyer Simon, Global Green is the American Arm of Green Cross International (GCI), which was created by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future by reconnecting humanity with the environment. Global Green USA is the only national environmental non-profit headquartered in Southern California with offices in New Orleans, Washington DC, and New York, and is one of 31 national GCI affiliates throughout the world.

V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. The V-Day movement has raised over $70 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 10,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. V-Day was named one of Worth magazine's "100 Best Charities" in 2001 and Marie Claire’s “Top Ten Charities” in 2006. The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. http://www.vday.org