Catalyst Gallery will host a benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues on Sat February 24, 2018! Doors open 6:45 pm. Show is 7:30pm. At 137 Main St, Beacon, NY. This is our third year organizing this event and we are excited to be doing it again, especially as it is the 20th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues & V-Day.
$12 admission. Limited seating. Refreshments included. To reserve tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-204-3844. Proceeds will benefit Grace Smith House, a private not-for-profit domestic violence agency in Poughkeepsie.
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 more than sixteen 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.
From the VDay website:
It’s been almost 20 years since V-Day was founded, since Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues shattered taboos, sharing the stories of women as they had never been told before. 2018 will be our 20th year.
Twenty years ago, Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming), bringing widespread attention to issues of harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery.
Today, the movement – and the V-Day activists 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 trans youth at risk of sexual violence, for immigrant women and girls, and so many more reflecting the needs of their communities.
V-Day activists have leveraged the power of art and activism to a scale never seen before.
When The New York Times called The Vagina Monologues, “probably the most important political theater of the past decade”, the paper was directly speaking to the grassroots and global activism staged in communities and on college campuses, in churches, in the streets, in radical spaces by V-Day activists.
It’s 2018. The 20th Anniversary. We have so many victories to celebrate and yet we find ourselves in a moment defined in so many ways by rampant racist patriarchy, fascism, xenophobia and hate.
In the face of resistance, and at the intersection of art and activism, you have saved lives, raised consciousness, changed laws to protect women and girls, funded rape crisis centers and kept domestic violence shelters from closing, educated your communities, and raised over an astounding $100 million in urgently needed funds for local grassroots groups doing the essential work of ending violence and serving survivors and their families.
Through One Billion Rising, you shook the earth through the massive RISINGS in which over ONE BILLION people danced to end the epidemic of violence, we have shifted consciousness and broken the deadly silence. And every day, you stage art in your community for social change, you RISE, you are in the streets rising against racist patriarchy.
Through One Billion Rising, activists have mobilized, engaged, and awakened people worldwide, making violence against women a global human issue not relegated to country or tribe or class or religion. They have revealed it as a patriarchal mandate, present in every culture of the world. They have made visible, volatile, and impacting connections between violence against women and economic, environmental, racial, and gender injustice. They have formed new and hopefully lasting coalitions between existing groups and individuals not only within the women’s movement but also between people’s movements covering diverse sectors.
And they have shown that there is nothing more powerful than global solidarity.