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V-Day Taconic Presents "THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES" A Prison and Benefit Production



NY-based activists, Elizabeth Mackintosh, Elyse Sholk, and Noelle Cristiano are mounting a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues in conjunction with V-Day, Eve Ensler's global organization founded to end violence against women and girls. The fundraising event will take place on May 8th at Cherry Lane Theatre, following a performance at Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford, NY on April 22nd. Proceeds from our one-night event will benefit a nonprofit working to end violence against women and girls.

V-Day Taconic will be directed by Jenna Worsham (Broadway's The Heidi Chronicles) and feature a cast of formerly incarcerated women, professional actresses, and activists.

V-Day's One Billion Rising Campaign has steadily gained momentum over the past few years, with Broadway theaters holding post-show dance parties on February 14th and thousands of productions of TVM being held all over the world. Our event will highlight currently and formerly incarcerated women - two populations that are very much affected by gender based violence. Our hope is that this production of The Vagina Monologues will help facilitate healing, empowerment and transformation among the women at Taconic, while raising awareness in the NYC community.


Right now we've got an amazing team of women coming together to make this happen. Every single person involved in V-Day Taconic is volunteering their time. We have made it a top priority to obtain donated performance space in order to cut all administrative and overhead costs and ensure all proceeds raised go directly to our beneficiary. We are appealing to individuals or organizations that can help us continue to bring V-Day Taconic to fruition by providing any one of the following items:

  • $500 to rent a van to transport the entire cast and production team to and from Taconic

  • $150 to print Playbills (color cover w/ black and white pages) at Staples
  • $100 house manager fee @ Cherry Lane Theatre
  • $50 box office fee @ Cherry Lane Theatre
  • Donors will be recognized in our program and marketing materials. If you are interested in sponsoring V-Day Taconic, please contact Elyse Sholk (elysegs(at) and Elizabeth Mackintosh (elizabethmackintoshinc(at)