V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. It raises funds and awareness through benefit productions -among other things – of playwright/founder Eve Ensler’s sward winning play The Vagina Monologues and other works. More than 4,000 V-Day events took place in 2009. To date, the movement has raised over $70 million to educate millions on the issue of violence against women and efforts to end it, to create international educational, media and PSA campaigns, open shelters, and fund over 5,000 community-based anti-violence programs as well as safe houses in Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. The V-Day movement exists in 130 countries from Europe to Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, and all of North America. V-Day supports grassroots, national and international organizations and programs work to stop violence against women and girls. Visit http://www.vday.org. The “V” in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine, and Vagina.
After a grueling audition, several weeks of early morning and late night rehearsals, the memorization of lines and movements, not to mention a hot, scratchy wig and pancake make-up, the end result is an almost eight-minute piece of unedited video shot by my teenage grandson with a Sony Handycam from his seat in the audience. This performance occurred Saturday, March 6, 2010 in Balch Auditorium on the Scripps Campus. This excerpt is titled “The Flood.”