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Welcome to V-Season 2020.
Registration is Now Open.

The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender based violence). V-Day activists produce art for social change, activating their communities & colleges and raising crucial funds for rape crisis centers & domestic violence shelters, local programs for transgender youth at risk of sexual violence, for immigrant women and girls, and for causes that reflect the needs of their communities. With creativity and determination, activists around the world tirelessly work to end harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery.

When women take the stage, incredible things happen, as their issues are voiced and confronted for all to see and hear.

V-Day: Say It, Stage It – Produce a V-Day Benefit as an Artistic Uprising at your college/university, in your community

One Billion RISING: Rise In Solidarity – RISE in your community, for your community

City of Joy: Turn Pain to Power – Screen the Documentary, Support the Women in DR Congo

We feel the energy of rising up, of resistance, of bold artistic energy and creativity coming forward from V-Day and One Billion Rising activists across the globe. At the City of Joy in Congo, 1294 women survivors have graduated, and the documentary film also entitled CITY OF JOY was released on Netflix, bringing a vast global audience their message of Turning Pain to Power

Beginning today, activists can register to produce a 2020 V-Day benefit production of The Vagina Monologues and/or A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer and/or Raise the Vibration. They can also begin listing their One Billion Rising events.

Sign Up TODAY!

If you would like to purchase rights to host a performance outside of V-Season (1st of February – 8th of March), please visit eveensler.org/plays/the-vagina-monologues/.

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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?

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES (TVM) (benefit performance)

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

Available 1 February 2020 – 8 March 2020

Performance requests outside of February:
In the US or CA, for ENGLISH productions please contact Dramatists Play Service.
In all other countries, for ENGLISH, email george.laneasst(at)caa.com
In all other countries, in native language, email alexia(at)nyc-mcr.com

Named one of the most important plays of the past 25 years by The New York Times, 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 sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one-word, countless people throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives.

The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence). With creativity and determination, V-activists around the world tirelessly work to end harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery.


A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER: WRITINGS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & GIRLS (MMRP) (benefit performance)

Available 1 February 2020 – 8 March 2020

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.


NEW 2020 EVENT: Raise the Vibration (RTV) (benefit performance)

We are in the midst of a rising tide of right-wing nationalism, white supremacy, fascism, tyranny, hatred of and fear of immigrants, misogyny, femicide, homophobia, transphobia, corporate greed and climate destruction. We cannot beat fascists, rapists, climate deniers and plunderers on their terms. We will never be that cruel, discompassionate, greedy, or murderous. We cannot let ourselves be changed by or sunk in their cynicism, hatred, divisions and destruction. What we can do is remember we are the many and we can RAISE THE VIBRATION through Action, Art, Connection, Imagination and Love.

We are asking you to imagine how you will raise the vibration.

Will you drum?
Will you dance?
Will you make posters?
Will you make art?
Will you create poetry?
Will you wail?

Create an artistic piece that is no more than 90 minutes long and without an intermission. It can consist of songs, chants, dances, drumming, monologues, etc.


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Where Do V-Day Events Happen?

COMMUNITY You are a member of a community and/or connected to a theater group, a non-profit organization etc and will be presenting your event/s in a local 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 between 1 February and 8 March.

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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 during 1 February – 8 March 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.
  • Registration is required for the rights to host ANY V-Day event. You can register HERE
  • Work collaboratively with the other V-Day events in your area. We connect you to activists in your area.
  • You must adhere to the 2020 script (available for download on the V-Spot after approval). The play must be performed from start to finish and no pieces may be removed or substituted. No self-written pieces may be added.

Money:

  • DONATION/SPOTLIGHT UPDATE: There will NOT be a specific spotlight campaign in 2020. Instead, we ask that activists donate 100% of your proceeds to a group or groups in your community who are doing anti-violence work at rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters, groups working with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, with refugee women, and with women affected by climate catastrophe. Research and support groups on the front line in your community, serving survivors who have been traditionally marginalized or made vulnerable to violence due to current socio-political conditions.
  • 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:

  • Choose a LOCAL organization working to end violence against women & girls (as outlined in the beneficiary guidelines) NOT a large national or international NGO.
    For MMRP, we encourage organizers to consider a beneficiary that is working with men and boys in ending violence against all women and girls.
  • 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.

Venue:

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

Scripts:

  • Use ONLY the 2020 version of the scripts for your event. NO books or previous scripts are authorized.
  • No edits are allowed to monologues or introductions AT ALL.
  • FOR TVM ONLY: You must perform the ENTIRE 2020 script. No pieces can be removed.
  • No additions to the scripts are allowed, including self-written monologues.
  • 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 folks of all gender identities.
  • FOR TVM ONLY: All women and non-binary folks are invited to audition, and to 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.