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Two Star-Studded Benefits on Two Coasts With One Mission: To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

V-Day NYC 2003 on Thursday, February 13 With Claire Danes & Marisa Tomei & V-Day LA 2003 on Monday, February 24 With Rosario Dawson & Shiva Rose
V-Day NYC and V-Day LA to feature private benefit screening of select scenes from the upcoming documentary about V-Day, "Until The Violence Stops," plus new monologues written by Eve Ensler
New York, NY – February 7, 2003

V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, announced today its two showcase benefits of the season. On February 13 in NYC and February 24 in LA, actresses including Claire Danes, Marisa Tomei, Rosario Dawson, and Shiva Rose will join "The Vagina Monologues" playwright and V-Day Founder Eve Ensler, as V-Day expands from theatrical performances into film at its two major fundraisers this year - V-Day NYC and V-Day LA 2003. For the first time, these V-Day events will feature a private benefit screening of selected scenes from an upcoming documentary about V-Day, entitled “Until The Violence Stops." Both events will include performances of select new monologues, written by Ensler, performed by Danes and Tomei in NYC and by Dawson and Rose in Los Angeles. V-DAY LA 2003 is presented by The Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (LACAAW) and V-Day.

"Until The Violence Stops" represents a new avenue for V-Day to raise awareness and funds. (V-Day's journey into film has auspicious beginnings as the documentary about Ensler's writing group at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, "What I Want My Words To Do To You," received the "Freedom Of Expression" award at this year's Sundance Film Festival). This work in progress documentary feature will ultimately take the viewer to nine countries capturing authentic vagina monologues via interviews with local survivors of sexual trafficking, battery, rape, incest and female genital mutilation and, along the way, revealing how each culture is fighting to protect their women and children and how the V-Day movement is building safe houses and schools, raising new funds for existing programs and saving lives worldwide. (Details on its theatrical/broadcast release are forthcoming.)

The V-Day NYC and V-Day LA benefit events are part of the global movement to end violence against women and girls’ 2003 benefit season, which features over 1000 V-Day benefit productions of "The Vagina Monologues" around the world. Locations range far and wide, including V-Day San Diego (U.S.); V-Day Peshawar (Pakistan), V-Day Brigham Young University (U.S.), and V-Day Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), all raising funds and awareness for local anti-violence groups. Now in its fifth year, V-Day has raised $14 million in funding for thousands of grassroots groups around the world.

On February 13, V-DAY NYC 2003 features Eve Ensler, Claire Danes, and Marisa Tomei, with special guests Rosie Perez, Isabella Rossellini, Elisabeth Rohm, and more. Seating for the screening will begins at 6:15 P.M. at The Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street Between 8th And 9th Avenues, NYC. Screening and performances start at 7 PM and will be followed by dinner and dancing. Tickets begin at $500, and can be purchased via phone at (212) 921-9070, online at, and via email at

To request media credentials for this event, please call Susan Swan/Wendy Shanker (212) 445-3288,

On February 24, V-DAY LA 2003, presented by The Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (LACAAW) and V-Day, features Eve Ensler, Rosario Dawson, Shiva Rose and event chairs Calista Flockhart, Sherry Lansing, & Rose. LACAAW is a private, non profit 31-year old sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse prevention center. The screening is at 7:00 PM at The Director’s Guild Theatre, 7920 Sunset Boulevard. Tickets are $250, VIP tickets are $500 (includes VIP Pre-Party). Sponsorships available. Purchases can be made via phone at 310-491-1401, online at, and via email at

To request media credentials for this event, please call Andy Gelb of PMK/HBH at 310-289-6200,

About V-Day: Inspired by Playwright Eve Ensler's play "The Vagina Monologues," V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day stages large-scale benefits and promotes innovative gatherings and programs (The Afghan Women's Summit, The Stop Rape Contest, Indian Country Project, and more) to change social attitudes towards violence against women. In 2003, more than 1000 V-Day benefit events - produced by local volunteer activists - are scheduled around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls and raising funds for local groups within their communities. In its first year of incorporation (2001), V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities." In its first five years, the V-Day movement has raised over $14 million, with over $7 million raised in 2002 alone. The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

About LACAAW: The Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (LACAAW) is a private, non profit 31 year old sexual assault, domestic violence , child abuse prevention center. One of the first organizations of its kind in the country, LACAAW serves over 50,000 people annually and its programs have had national impact. The organization's mission is the elimination of sexual & domestic violence.


Susan Celia Swan, V-Day (NYC), 212-445-3288,
Andy Gelb, PMK/HBH (LA), 310-289-6200,