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Organize a V-Day Event

Welcome to V-Season 2019.

Registration is Now Open.

20 years since Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues shattered taboos, the stakes could not be higher. V-Day is a movement that grew out of the untold stories of women. We believe women. We believe in their right to tell their stories and we believe their stories need to be heard - nothing is more powerful.

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.

V-Day: Say It, Stage It – Produce a V-Day Benefit as an Artistic Uprising at your college/university, in your community
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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, 1117 women survivors have graduated, and the documentary film also entitled CITY OF JOY was just released on Netflix, bringing a vast global audience their message of Turning Pain to Power

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) (V-Day benefit performance)

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

Available in February
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 tony@vday.org
In all other countries, in native language, email alexia@nyc-mcr.com

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 20 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.

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

Available in February

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.

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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 2019 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:

  • • Donate any proceeds raised at your event. 90% of net profits to local organizations working to end violence against women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender based violence).
  • Donate 10% to the 2019 Spotlight Campaign: Women in Prison, Detention Centers, and Formerly Incarcerated Women
  • 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 2019 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 2019 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 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.

*As part of V20: 20 Years of the Movement to End Violence Against All Women and Girls, our team has created social media and video content, that you can utilize to promote your event locally, visit vday.org/v20creative