Tickets are selling fast for the annual V-Day Sacramento community production of The Vagina Monologues! For a second year in a row, local nonprofit Sacramento Women Take Back the Night is proud to participate in the worldwide V-Day Campaign by hosting a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s celebrated play.
When and Where?
Monday, April 9 2012 (SOLD OUT)
- Location: The Guild Theater at 2828 25th Street, Sacramento
- DOORS OPEN: 5:30PM
- PERFORMANCE: 6:00 PM
- DISCUSSION PANEL TO FOLLOW SHOW
Saturday, April 14 2012
- Location: The Crest Theatre at 1013 K Street, Sacramento
- DOORS OPEN: 6:00PM for Silent Auction
- PERFORMANCE: 7:00PM
- BUY TICKETS HERE (or the Crest Box Office)
- The Silent Auction at 6:00pm will have a variety of items including artwork, handmade jewelry and crafts from local artists, and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. A few choice items include feminist magazines in a beautiful shoulder bag from the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, wine and a private tour and tasting for twelve from Carvalho Family Winery, hair products and a gift certificate from Space 07 Hair Salon… A full list of the items will be posted at www.vdaysacramento.org the first week of April.
Representatives from CASH, My Sister’s House, and WEAVE will be present at both performances. Tickets are $20 general admission; $18 military, students, and seniors.
The panel discussion following the show will be a question and answer session, allowing the audience to pose questions to the panel participants. V-Day Sacramento producer JoLane Blaylock will serve as moderator and panelists will include members of the cast, V-Day Sacramento directors Jen Driver and C. Foster, a representative from each of the three local beneficiaries, and members of Sacramento Women Take Back the Night and the V-Day Sacramento 2012 organizing committee.
Tickets are SOLD OUT for the April 9 performance, but don’t worry… plenty of tickets are still available for the April 14 performance at The Crest.
More on The Vagina Monologues
Hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous,” The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Eve Ensler fifteen years ago, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage, and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world – from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City.
Over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place in 2011, produced by volunteer activists in over 140 countries and educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls locally and globally. Last year, V-Day Sacramento 2011 drew over 750 attendees and raised over $15,000. The team was also honored to receive a Member Resolution from State Senator Darrell Steinberg recognizing the efforts of V-Day Sacramento to end violence against women and girls. In addition to its monetary impact, V-Day Sacramento has allowed local activists to strengthen existing partnerships, create new ones, and develop our collective voice against violence in the Sacramento community. V-Day Sacramento 2012 will be one of thousands of events around the world, channeling creative energy into making a difference.
This year’s V-Day Sacramento production has 30 incredible performers, or as the cast and crew like to say, fabulous Vaginas!
Behind the scenes are fantastic co-directors Jen Driver and C. Foster. Jen describes herself as “a vagina veteran” as she is entering her fourth V-Day season (her third in the Co-Director role). She states that she is “Grad student by day, fearless feminist advocate by night” and enjoys “imitating Julia Child in the kitchen. Bon appetit!”
C. Foster is well-known in Sacramento as a spoken word poet and activist. Last year she brought her talent to the V-Day Sacramento stage with the piece “Angry Vagina.” Foster “resides in Sacramento and poses as an adult. Don’t be fooled.” This is her third V-Day season and first as V-Day Sacramento Co-Director. And getting the show from drawing board to stage is the hard-working organizing committee, aka Pussy Posse- full list of members HERE. Every person involved with the production is a volunteer, making this movement more powerful through their tireless dedication.
What is V‑Day?
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. 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. The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine, and Vagina.
By day, Nicola Hill works for the California State Treasurer’s Office as an analyst at the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee. Outside of the office, she is proud to serve as Board President of the entirely volunteer-run Sacramento Women Take Back the Night. V-Day Sacramento 2012 is a project of Sacramento Women Take Back the Night.