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Registration for 2018 V-Day Benefit Performances & Events Is Now Open

Welcome!

2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of The Vagina Monologues & V-Day.

In 2018, staging a production of The Vagina Monologues or A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer is more than just a theatrical experience; it is an ARTISTIC UPRISING, a RADICAL act, an ACT OF RESISTANCE.

Twenty years ago, women's reactions to The Vagina Monologues launched V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender & gender non-conforming). Today, the movement - and the V-Day activists worldwide at its core - is more active than ever, producing art for social change, activating communities & colleges, raising crucial funds for rape crisis shelters, domestic violence shelters, local programs for transgender youth at risk of sexual violence, for immigrant women and girls, and so many more reflecting the needs of their communities.

V-Day activists stage benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, during the month of February, in their colleges and communities to raise funds and awareness for local anti-violence groups, including rape crisis center, domestic violence shelters, and more. They also produce Rising events in their communities via the One Billion Rising campaign, that was launched in 2013 (V-Day's 15th anniversary), to galvanize community action around ending violence against women and take their activism out of the theater and into the streets.

If you would like to produce The Vagina Monologues outside the month of February, please visit: http://www.eveensler.org/plays/the-vagina-monologues/.

If you have any questions, please contact campaigns(at)vday.org

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What are V-Day Events?

Where do V-Day Events Happen?

When May I Organize a V-Day Event?

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

What are V-Day Events?

"Probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade."
- The New York Times

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES (benefit performance)
Available in February
Performance requests outside of February:
In the US or CA, ENGLISH productions.
In all other countries, for ENGLISH, email tony@vday.org
In all other countries, in native language, email alexia@nyc-mcr.com

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 almost 20 years, 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 (benefit performance)
Available in February
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 and folks of all gender identities. We encourage men to register to host readings in conjunction with MenRising events.

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Where Do V-Day Events Happen?

COMMUNITY You are a member of a community theater 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.***)

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When May I Organize a V-Day Event?

All V-Day benefit events are required to be hosted within the month of February.

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR HOSTING YOUR EVENTS

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

Most Important:

  • Performances should happen in February only. Any performances in other months must purchase the rights. Please visit http://www.eveensler.org/plays/the-vagina-monologues/ for information about performances in all languages.
  • You must register for the rights to host ANY V-Day event.
  • You must work collaboratively with the other V-Day events in your area. We will put you in touch with one another.

Money:

  • You must donate any proceeds raised at your event. 90% of net profits to local organizations working to end violence against women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming).
  • Donate 10% to the Spotlight Campaign: The Resistance.
  • Charge an admission fee for your production unless given special permission by writing to campaigns(at)vday.org
  • Organizers & all supporting teams should NOT be paid. (Union technical staff contracted by venue are the only exceptions.)
  • Keep production costs down. Donation goal should be 91 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.
  • Invite 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.
  • For MMRP: Consider a beneficiary that is working with men and boys in ending violence against women and girls.

Venue:

  • Your venue must coincide with your group affiliation (college, community or high school) unless otherwise approved by the V-Day Campaigns Team. (campaigns(at)vday.org)

Scripts:

  • Use ONLY the 2018 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.
  • FOR MMRP ONLY: Choose between 5 & 10 monologues, but do not edit the monologues themselves.
  • 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 acting experience is necessary.
  • FOR MMRP ONLY: Casting is open to women, men, and folks of all gender identities.
  • FOR TVM ONLY: All women and non-binary folks are invited to audition, and bring in their individual identities and experiences to their performance; participation does not involve vagina-essentialism, but a connection to the themes and narratives expressed in the play. No cisgender men acting, but please include and encourage their involvement in other elements of your production. We leave it to you to make the casting decisions for your individual production. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and write to us at campaigns(at)vday.org.

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.
  • No filming of events beyond 3-minute publicity limits outlined in "Publicity" section of the V-Spot.
  • Your official event name will be: V-Day [your college/city name/youth group] "The Vagina Monologues" or "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer" 2018.

RISE 2018, One Billion Rising SOLIDARITY

Through One Billion Rising, activists worldwide have mobilized, engaged, awakened and joined people across the planet to end violence against women and girls. We have made violence against women a global issue, not relegated to country or tribe or class or religion.

ONE BILLION RISING will expand with its theme of REVOLUTION and SOLIDARITY this year. OBR has become a movement unto itself, taking activism out of the theater and into the streets, front and center. As neo-liberal policies and rapacious capitalism have become the engine of most governments, bringing profound consequences for the long suffering working class and marginalized sectors, it is more important than ever to be in solidarity with women on the frontlines. Suffering has reached new heights and this year OBR is seeing a new, dynamic and radical militancy and vibrancy that is opposing and rising against such repression and oppression. Activists across sectors are invited to stage Artistic Uprisings in their communities, create and learn new music and choreography from around the world. Also, stay tuned as new voices and new music are coming to infuse the movement with renewed energy and voice.

Interested in a One Billion Rising event?
Learn more about the 2018 Campaign and stage a RISING event