The Gift of Knowledge

By Megan Minutillo
February 13, 2013 • comment(s)
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I got there early.

Like, really early.  I actually walked into a different rehearsal, a completely different space than where I was supposed to be…


I quickly found the space, and well, like I said, I was really, really, really early.  But hey, I was intrigued.  I was excited.  I wanted to get started; I wanted to get the ball rolling.  I wanted to be in the place where it all started….

…. at HERE. Yes, HERE.  The Vagina Monologues was first produced at the HERE Arts Center in New York City in 1996.  As an actor, as a theater educator, as a woman, as a person, it was absolutely amazing to be in that space. Words will not do that feeling justice.

But alas, I digress.

Now, thirteen years later, The Vagina Monologues returns to the place it once started, as a V-Day Benefit Production directed by Andrea Bertola on February 18th and 19th.

It’s monumental; history in the making.

For those of you who are not familiar with V-Day, let me explain. “V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.”

It’s a day where art, theater, and social justice join forces in the hopes of stopping violence against women and girls worldwide. 

It’s a day where awareness is raised, and where funds are generated.  And those funds are sent directly back to girls education programs.

This production joins other activists in the largest call to action since V-Day started fifteen years ago, “ONE BILLION RISING”.

The concept of ONE BILLION RISING is thus: “if you take into account the statistic that 1 out of 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime, you are left with the staggering statistic that over 1 billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence. On V-Day's 15th Anniversary, 2.14.13, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, and our solidarity across borders.” 

In the case of this production, all funds will be going to the viBe Theater Experience.  Our director, Andrea Bertola, is part of the board of directors of this fantastic organization.

When asked to describe her connection and the productions connection to the viBe Theater Experience, she said, We are inspired daily by viBe girls’ brave voices. We look forward to engaging generations of girls in healthy, self-esteem building activities that encourage them to prepare for the future by engaging in academics and providing them with creative outlets for addressing the issues that impact them most. With your support, we hope to increase our capacity for freeing, shaping and celebrating their voices. By becoming involved with viBe and V-DAY, you become part of a rich and viBrant tapestry that we hope will continue to grow for years to come.

So, be a part of this monumental experience, at the heart of where it all started.  Join us in the One Billion Rising Campaign, in celebrating V-Day, and in supporting the viBe Theater Experience


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