“V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.” -Vday.org
Founded by Eve Ensler after the success of her solo show “The Vagina Monologues”, she used the show as well as other plays she has written to launch a movement using theatre to educate and transform the lives of its audiences. So far V-Day has raised over $85 million. “This whole V-Day movement is women coming together, men coming together, everybody for one cause; for something positive that could literally change the world,” says Style Network “Glam Fairy” star Jessica Romano.
This March 5th and 6th, I will be attending a V-Day performance (event information below) at Montclair State University (NJ). I invite you to learn more about how this campus and many others are participating in the V-Day movement by visiting http://www.vday.org/. Think about how you can address these issues on your campus – and then take action.
See below to find how Montclair students promote their V-Day using student-led videos.
Montclair State University Event Information:
The show is directed by Brandon Monokian and Allison Andresini and will star students and faculty from Montclair State, with special guests Amy Warren (August: Osage County), Briella Calafiore (“Jerseylicious”), Jessica Romano (“Glam Fairy”), Elaine Bromka (“Uncle Buck”), Stephanie Roth Haberle (Phaedra Backwards), and Suzzanne Douglas (“How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “The School of Rock”). The evening will also feature a dance piece by Dana Balsamo and live music from singer Lydia René. All proceeds from the performances will be donated to the women and girls of Haiti and The Women’s Rights Information Center of Englewood, New Jersey. The Women’s Rights Information Center was formed in an effort to inform and aid women in supporting themselves and their families. More information can be found at Women’s Rights.org. “The Vagina Monologues is a prime example of the necessity for theatre in today’s world.” says director Brandon Monokian. “It proves that in addition to entertainment, theatre is a vehicle for education and for social change.” Actress Elaine Bromka is equally as passionate about the movement.“You walk out of the theatre feeling very full of many lives and very connected to other women. I’m glad we’re doing this now because I think if we are able to help people love themselves more and laugh at themselves more I think we will have accomplished what we set out to do.”
For more information and to purchase tickets or make a donation please visit:
Take a look at these student-led videos that promote the event: