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V-Day Mt. Airy Presents THE VAGINA MONOLGUES

V-Day Mt. Airy presents Eve Ensler's THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES on Monday, February 13 at 7pm at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119. To purchase tickets, visit tvmMtAiry2017.eventbrite.com.

The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, is a worldwide phenomenon, performed each year in communities around the globe. It is a call to Action, a call to Rise and take back our power over our bodies and our lives. It is hysterically funny and heartbreakingly sad. The monologues are taken from interviews with hundreds of women and reflect the struggles, resilience, pain and bliss of real life. V-Day and One Billion Rising are international movements that have grown out of The Vagina Monologues, supporting grassroots groups working to end violence against women and girls.

This year we are shining a spotlight on women who are experiencing or fighting workplace violence. Violence against women at work takes place every day, in every country, across socio-economic levels - from laborers to company executives, to waitresses and teachers, at-home mothers, nurses, farmworkers, factory workers, actors, and domestic workers. The additional layer of exploitation is that, in many cases, women facing workplace violence are vulnerable and impeded from speaking out or seeking justice for fear of losing their job. All of this is happening in the context of a global economic reality where it is increasingly difficult for women to even earn a livable wage.

Our performance will include a few original testimonies addressing the reality of violence in the workplace, and proceeds from the show will benefit two local organizations working with this issue: Women's Law Project (womenslawproject.org) and Dawn's Place (ahomefordawn.org). (Although the women Dawn's Place serves are not technically at a workplace we feel that they are forced into a life fraught with violence and this organization is doing great and desperately needed work which we would like to support.)

The cast includes many well-known local actors such as: Joilet Harris, Grace Gonglewski, E. Ashley Izard, Janis Dardaris, Leigha Kato, Rachel Camp, Amina Robinson, Emma Gibson, Niya Colbert, Brittany Wit Martin, SusAnne Collins, M'Balia Singley, Angie Foster, Angel Brice, Messapotamia Lafae, Madison Auch, Jada Elder-Wilkerson, Nastassja Baset and Marcie Bramucci. Newcomers to the stage include: Mara Burns, Tara Boroson, Sonya Kearney, Robyn Evans, Jennifer Booker, Sophie Lynne, Phoenix Rising, Kira Kinsman and Cheryl Brewer.

Before the show, from 6-7 pm, we will have performances by local musicians and spoken word artists, as well as an incredible installation of work by Philadelphia visual artists curated by Rachel Zimmerman of Inliquid.org. PLEASE come early--do not miss this incredible pre-show artistic expression.

After the show we will have light refreshments and a gathering, an opportunity to come together as a community to share and discuss whatever we feel moved to share and discuss. These are turbulent times, and we hope to provide a platform for voices that go unheard in our society. Let's begin the conversation. Let's figure out how to cultivate solidarity and support each other in an impactful way, and move forward together.

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES plays Monday, February 13 at 7pm. Tickets are $10 - $50. To purchase tickets visit tvmMtAiry2017.eventbrite.com.


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