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V-Day Presents EVE AT GRACE, an Evening with Eve Ensler at Grace Cathedral
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jen Hirsch/ Group SJR/646-495-9723, firstname.lastname@example.org
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V-DAY PRESENTS EVE AT GRACE –
An Evening with Tony Award–Winner & V-Day Founder Eve Ensler On Sept. 27
Hosted by Grace Cathedral
SAN FRANCISCO – August 8, 2011 –V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, will present an evening with Tony Award-winner and V-Day Founder Eve Ensler on Tuesday, September 27 hosted by the world renowned Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
Ensler has chosen San Francisco to deliver her first talk based on her upcoming book entitled CongoCancer, scheduled for release in late 2012.
“The evening will be a gathering calling up the outrage, courage, tenderness and wisdom that lives in the body which is the body of the world,” stated Ensler. “It will look at how surviving cancer, violence or suffering is the pathway to connection, transformation and revolution. It will be a call to our second wind, to the woman spring.”
This special one-night only public speaking engagement is presented by V-Day and a committee of Bay area leaders including Owsley Brown III, Susie Tompkins Buell, Laurene Powell Jobs, Barb Jones, Amanda Jones, Frannie Kieschnick, Belinda Munoz, Julie Parish, JaMel Perkins, Dr. Jane Shaw, Erin Strain, Mark Grace, and Marie Moore along with V-Day board members Emily Scott Pottruck, Amy Rao, and Susan Celia Swan and V-Counsel member Beth Karpfinger.
Ensler has a history of showcasing works in progress and world premiering her work for San Francisco audiences including her seminal work The Vagina Monologues and The Good Body. Ensler’s newest play, Emotional Creature, will have its world premiere at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in June 2012 following workshop productions this summer in Johannesburg and Paris.
Grace Cathedral’s famous Ghiberti doors, labyrinths, and stained glass have provided the backdrop to such guests as Dr. Jane Goodall, the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, Carlos Santana, Pharoah Sanders, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Sandra Day O’Connor, among others.
“We are very pleased to host Eve Ensler. Grace Cathedral is a welcoming place that values faith, intellect, and mindfulness. We are looking forward to this inspiring talk,” said the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, Dean of Grace Cathedral.
Tickets are $20, $75 and $150 (Student discount tickets are $15) and are on sale now at City Box Office or online at: http://www.cityboxoffice.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1668&c=19&pg
$1000 tickets are available which include entry to Eve’s talk at Grace, followed by a very special, intimate after gathering with Eve and the committee. Visit http://www.vday.org/grace to purchase.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit V-Day and Grace Cathedral.
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About Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler is a Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist and author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been published in 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Eve's newest work, I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life Of Girls Around The World, was released February 2010 in book form by Random House and made The New York Times Best Seller list. Ms. Ensler's experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. She has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive. In 2010, Eve's newest play Here was filmed live by Sky Television in London, UK. Eve’s other plays include Necessary Targets, The Treatment and The Good Body, which she performed on Broadway, followed by a national tour. Ensler has won a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting and an Obie, and in 2009 was named one of US News & World Report's "Best Leaders." In 2011 she was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women who Changed the World” and The Guardian’s “100 Most Influential Women.”
V-Day (www.vday.org) is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. In 2011, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $85 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 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. In 2001, V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities," in 2006 one of Marie Claire Magazine's Top Ten Charities, and in 2010 was named as one of the Top-Rated organizations on Great Nonprofits.
About Grace Cathedral
Grace Cathedral (www.gracecathedral.org) is home to a community where the best of Episcopal Christian tradition courageously embraces innovation and open-minded conversation, where inclusion is expected and people of all faiths are welcomed, where beliefs are put into action and where people are encouraged to seek God and progress on their own spiritual journey. As a part of the Episcopal Diocese of California, this renowned San Francisco landmark serves as a regional magnet where diverse people gather to celebrate, seek solace, converse and learn.