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When May I Organize a V-Day Event?

How do I Register to Organize a V-Day Event?

What are V-Day Events?

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES (performance)
Available February, March & April
The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than a decade, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls.

A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER: WRITINGS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & GIRLS (performance)
Available February, March & April
A groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down. The volume features such authors and topics as: Edward Albee on S&M; Maya Angelou on women's work; Michael Cunningham on self-mutilation; Dave Eggers on a Sudanese abduction; Edwidge Danticat on a border crossing; Carol Gilligan on a daughter witnessing her mother being hit; Susan Miller on raising a son as a single mother; Sharon Olds on a bra; Patricia Bosworth on her own physically abusive relationship; Jane Fonda on reclaiming our Mojo; and many more. It is available for you to present as a reading, and includes pieces by and for men. We encourage men to register to host readings in conjunction with other V-Day activities.

ANY ONE OF US: WORDS FROM PRISON (performance)
Available February, March & April
This piece evolved from a decade-long writing group with Eve Ensler and 15 women at Bedford Hill’s Correctional Facility. This piece is a collection of raw, honest, and fierce stories written by the original 15 women, combined with writing from women in prisons across the nation. The voices in the play move forward toward healing, understanding, and change with the ultimate goal of using these words to impact policy, laws and treatment of incarcerated women. Together these writings reveal the deep connection between women in prison and the violence that often brings them there.

EMOTIONAL CREATURE (performance)
Available year-round
Discover, celebrate and embrace your Emotional Creature! Girls today often find themselves in a struggle between remaining strong and true to who they truly are and conforming to society’s expectations in an attempt to please. They are taught not to be too intense, too passionate, too smart, too caring, too open. They are encouraged to shut down their instincts, their outrage, their desires and their dreams. Instead, they are told to be polite, to obey the rules. Through rants, poetry, questions, and facts, Emotional Creature helps us understand the universality of girls everywhere: their resiliency, their wildness, their pain, their fears, their secrets, and their triumphs. Emotional Creature is a call, a reckoning, an education, an act of empowerment for girls, and an illumination for parents and for us all.
* This script will be available for a fee through arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

THE GOOD BODY (performance)
Available year-round
With The Good Body, Eve Ensler turns her unique eye to the rest of the female body. Whether undergoing botox injections or living beneath burqas, women of all cultures and backgrounds feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in. The Good Body merges cross-cultural explorations with Eve’s own personal journey coming to terms with her “less-than-flat, post-forties stomach.”
* This script will be available for a fee through arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS (film screening)
Available year-round


Until The Violence Stops features playwright and activist Eve Ensler in an uplifting documentary that looks at how The Vagina Monologues grew into V-Day, the international grassroots movement stopping violence against women and girls. It is an inspiring introduction for your friends, casts, and community that highlights benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues during the 2002 V-Season. Until the Violence Stops shows women from Harlem, New York and Ukiah, California to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the Philippines and Kenya, uniting and courageously revealing their intimate and deeply painful experiences with abuse ranging from rape to female circumcision.

WHAT I WANT MY WORDS TO DO TO YOU (film screening)
Available year-round


An unprecedented look into the minds and hearts of the women inmates of New York's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. The film goes inside a writing workshop led by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, consisting of 15 women, most of whom were convicted of murder. Through a series of exercises and discussions, the women delve into their pasts and explore the nature of their crimes and the extent of their own culpability. The film culminates in an emotionally-charged prison performance of the women's writing (the first edition of Any One of Us) by acclaimed actors Mary Alice, Glenn Close, Hazelle Goodman, Rosie Perez and Marisa Tomei. The film documents both the wrenching personal journeys undertaken by the inmates to find the words that tell their own stories, and the power of those words to move the outside world.

V-MEN (workshop & powerpoint presentation)
Available all year
Men of all backgrounds have always been a part of V-Day. V-Men brings their voices into the conversation as they explore the issue of violence against women and girls from a male perspective, addressing the root causes of the violence and the ways men can be active participants in ending it. This year we are thrilled to partner with A Call to Men who are educating boys and men to shift social and cultural norms that define manhood.
We are offering a free downloadable V-Men PowerPoint presentation that can be used to host your own V-Men workshop (signup at www.vspot.vday.org).
Additionally, A Call to Men is available to come to your community/school to personally present a workshop to your group. To find out more about costs associated with hosting A Call to Men, please contact campaigns@vday.org.

V-GIRLS (action guide)
Eve Ensler's Emotional Creature, is a vehicle to empower girls and inspire activism. V-Girls is a global network of girl activists and advocates empowering themselves and one another to change the world, one girl at a time. In the same way The Vagina Monologues built a movement on college campuses and in communities, young girls will be able to participate in V-Day’s empowerment philanthropy model, igniting their activism.

You can bring V-Girls to your V-Day efforts this year by using the V-Girls Action Guide. The Guide provides service-learning curriculum for middle and high school youth based on issues covered in Emotional Creature with an emphasis on activism. Organizers can start a V-Girls club or incorporate V-Girls resources into an existing youth program. For more information go to www.v-girls.org or contact us at vgirls@vday.org

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Where do V-Day Events Happen?

COMMUNITY You are a member of a community theatre group, a non-profit organization, a community member and will be presenting your event/s in a community rental space.

COLLEGE You are a college student, faculty member or are otherwise directly affiliated with a college or university and will be presenting your event/s in a venue on campus. (***IF YOU ARE A COLLEGE GROUP, BUT MUST PERFORM OFF CAMPUS, PLEASE CHOOSE THIS OPTION AND ANSWER RELEVANT QUESTIONS DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS.***)

V-GIRLS You are a high school student, under the age of 25 or an educator working with students of this age and will be presenting your event/s at a school or youth venue.

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When May I Organize a V-Day Event?

We encourage you to host your V-Day event on or around V-Day, (February 14th) each year in conjunction with One Billion Rising. V-Season is from February 1st through April 30th, but the date restrictions for each event are:

The Vagina Monologues – Available February 1- April 30
A Memory, A Monologue A Rant and A Prayer – Available February 1- April 30
Any One of Us – Available February 1- April 30
The Good Body – Available all year
Emotional Creature – Available all year
Until the Violence Stops – Available all year
What I Want My Words to Do to You – Available all year
V-Men – Available all year

To register for one of these events outside of these dates, please write to campaign@vday.org.

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How do I Register to Organize a V-Day Event?

REQUIREMENTS FOR HOSTING "THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES" PERFORMANCES

Failure to adhere to these rules will result in V-Day's rescinding permission for you to present a V-Day event.

Most Important:

  • You must register for the rights to host ANY V-Day event EVERY year.
  • You must work collaboratively with all other V-Day events in your area. We will be putting you in touch with one another!
  • Performances of TVM should happen between Feb 1- April 30. For exceptions, write to campaign@vday.org

Money:

  • You must donate any proceeds raised at your event. 10% of net profits to V-Day Spotlight Campaign and the remaining 90% to local organizations working to end violence against women and girls
  • Organizers & all supporting teams should NOT be paid. (Union technical staff contracted by venue are the only exceptions.)
  • Charge an admission fee for your production unless given special permission by writing to campaigns@vday.org
  • Keep production costs down. Donation goal should be 87 cents of every dollar.

Beneficiary:

  • You must choose a LOCAL organization working to end violence against women & girls (as outlined in the beneficiary guidelines) NOT a large national or international NGO.
  • Include your beneficiary in your activities, outreach and publicity.

Organizer requirements:

  • Only 1 organizer is approved for each event.
  • We require an active email address that can be shared publicly.
  • Incomplete follow up reports will result in denial of any future applications.

Venue:

  • Your venue must coincide with your group affiliation (college, community or high school) unless otherwise approved by the Directors of the Campaigns. (campaigns@vday.org)

Scripts:

  • Use ONLY the 2014 version of the scripts for your event. NO books or previous scripts are authorized.
  • No edits are allowed to monologues or introductions AT ALL.
  • No additions to the scripts are allowed unless specified in the guidelines.
  • Do not reproduce any scripts for any purpose other than V-Day events.
  • All V-Day events should not exceed 90 minutes.
  • Maximum of 3 performances. No exceptions.
  • Performances should be done without intermissions.

Casting:

  • A minimum of 5 people in any performance. No maximum & we encourage you to include as many people as possible. No one should be turned away from participating in your event in some capacity.
  • Strive for diversity of all kinds.
  • No male actors, but please include & encourage involvement. (We suggest using the following guideline to determine who "qualifies": People who lead their lives as women are eligible to perform in your production. This includes individuals who were born with a vagina and transgendered individuals (transmen and transwomen are welcome).; We leave it to your good judgment and your sensitivity to specific situations to make the casting decisions for your individual production. If you would like any help with this issue, please feel free to write to campaign@vday.org )
  • No acting experience is necessary.

Publicity:

  • You must use your correct event title, as it appears on the top of your V-Spot login, in all publicity.
  • You must adhere to ‘Identity & Social Networking Guidelines’ provided on the V-Spot.
  • Absolutely no excerpt performances of any plays for promotional purposes or otherwise.
  • Your official event name will be: V-Day [your college/city name/youth group] “The Vagina Monologues” 2014.
  • No filming of events beyond 3-minute publicity limits outlined in “Publicity” section of the V-Spot.

Requirements for “ A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, A Prayer” performances

  • Performances should happen between Feb 1- April 30. For exceptions, write to campaign@vday.org
  • Charge an admission fee for your production unless given special permission by writing to campaign@vday.org
  • Maximum of 3 performances. No exceptions.
  • Choose between 5 & 10 monologues, but do not edit the monologues themselves.
  • Include men as performers in the pieces written by men.
  • Consider a beneficiary that is working with men and boys in ending violence against women and girls.
  • Your official event name will be: V-Day [your college/city name/youth group] “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer” 2014.

Requirements for “Any One of Us” Performances

  • Performances should happen between Feb 1- April 30. For exceptions, write to campaign@vday.org
  • Charge an admission fee for your production unless given special permission by the directors of the campaigns.
  • Maximum of 3 performances/screenings for each event. No exceptions.
  • Consider a beneficiary that is specifically working with women in prison groups addressing the issues of violence against women in relation to incarceration, laws, policy, advocacy, etc.
  • We encourage you to include up to 2 local pieces of writing from formerly or currently incarcerated women to add to your event. Their writing should be specifically focused on how their experiences with violence led to their incarceration.
  • Reach out to & include formerly incarcerated women whose experiences with violence directly led to their incarceration.
  • Reach out to local correctional facilities to request permission to perform inside of the prison.
  • Your official event name will be: V-Day [your college/city name/youth group] “Any One of Us” 2014.

Requirements for “Emotional Creature” performances

  • To be a part of V-Day’s annual V-Season,, performances should happen between Feb 1- April 30, but this piece is available year-round.
  • Charge an admission fee for your production unless given special permission by writing to vgirls@vday.org
  • There are no limitations on the number of performances you can have.
  • No excluding, editing or order changes to any of the monologues.
  • No male actors, but please include & encourage involvement. (We suggest using the following guideline to determine who "qualifies": People who lead their lives as girls are eligible to perform in your production. This includes individuals who were born with a vagina and transgendered individuals (transmen and transwomen are welcome).We leave it to your good judgment and your sensitivity to specific situations to make the casting decisions for your individual production. If you would like any help with this issue, please feel free to write to vgirls@vday.org )
  • Your official event name will be: V-Day [your college/city name/youth group] “Emotional Creature” 2014.
  • Requirements for “The Good Body” performances

  • To be a part of V-Day’s annual V-Season , performances should happen between Feb 1- April 30, but this piece is available year-round.
  • Charge an admission fee for your production unless given special permission by writing to campaigns@vday.org
  • There are no limitations on the number of performances you can have.
  • No excluding, editing or order changes to any of the monologues.
  • No male actors, but please include & encourage involvement. (We suggest using the following guideline to determine who "qualifies": People who lead their lives as women are eligible to perform in your production. This includes individuals who were born with a vagina and transgendered individuals (transmen and transwomen are welcome). We leave it to your good judgment and your sensitivity to specific situations to make the casting decisions for your individual production. If you would like any help with this issue, please feel free to write to campaigns@vday.org )
  • Your official event name will be: V-Day [your college/city name/youth group] “The Good Body” 2014.
  • Requirements for “Until The Violence Stops” screenings

    • Screenings can happen any time of the year leading up to or take place during V-Season (Feb 1- April 30)
    • You may charge admission for your screening or solicit suggested donations at the end of your event.
    • The rights are FREE, but you must purchase a copy of the film through http://www.amazon.com/V-Day-Until-Violence-Tantoo-Cardinal/dp/B0006ZXJFC
    • Your official event name is “V-Day [your college/city name/youth group] “Until The Violence Stops” 2014:.

    Requirements for “What I Want My Words To Do To You” screenings

    • Screenings can happen any time of the year leading up to or take place during V-Season (Feb 1- April 30)
    • You may charge admission for your screening or solicit suggested donations at the end of your event.
    • The rights are FREE, but you must purchase a copy of the film through http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=1443138.
    • Reach out to local correctional facilities to request permission to host a screening inside of the prison
    • Consider a beneficiary that is specifically working with women in prison groups addressing the issues of violence against women in relation to incarceration, laws, policy, advocacy, etc.
    • Your official event name will be: V-Day [your college/city name/youth group] “What I Want My Words to Do to You” 2014.

    Requirements for “V-Men” events

    • Attendance at the workshop should be free of charge.
    • Workshops can happen any time of the year leading up to or take place during V-Season (Feb 1- April 30).
    • Workshop host & attendees should be male.
    • Your official event name will be: V-Day [your college/city name/youth group] “V-Men Workshop” 2014.

    Requirements for “V-Girls” events

    • Attendance at the workshop should be free of charge.
    • Workshops can happen any time of the year leading up to or take place during V-Season (Feb 1- April 30).
    • Workshop attendees should be youth (between the ages of 13-25).
    • Workshops are strongly encouraged to be youth led.
    • Your official event name will be: V-Day [your school/city name/youth group] “V-Girls Workshop” 2014.