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Vienna Theatre Project - actors © Alexander Nitzsche

Performers - a star studded cast!

Lynne Kieran, Tini Kainrath, Joanna Godwin-Seidl, Sarah Hayes, Adrienne Ferguson, Sandrine Rohrmoser, Kaki Nightingall, Kudra Owens, Suzanne Carey, Alana Harrington, Sharron Aubrey, Rosa Olympia Estrella, Tamara Gallo, Alice Mortsch, Rebecca Anderson, Rebecca Schäfer, Sandrine Hudl, Laia Fabre, Elisabeth Leitner, Nora Krehan, Melanie Preston, Sabine Kranzelbinder, Anna Behne, Alexandar Cosentino.

Joanna Seidl, Vienna theatre project © Alexnder Nitzsche

Joanna Seidl, Sarah Hayes - leaders of the vienna theatre project

Presscocktail: VDay Vienna Campaign 2007 - The Vagina Monologues

Invitation for February 13th 2007

13. February 2007 19:30
Mumokka Bar, Mueseumsquartier, 1070 Vienna

Dear Journalists,

Exciting and under new management: Joanna Seidl and Sarah Hayes will be presenting, with their vienna theatre project team “The Vagina Monologues” for the first time in English. Including and thanks to the kind support of the Rounder Girls, Ruth Brauer and Kosmos Theater amongst many others.

Why V-Day Campaign?
Last year over 1150 communities hosted V-Day benefits around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women. These highly successful events raised over million through performance of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues. Hot on the heels of their success, Vienna has joined this global movement as part of the V Day 2007 Worldwide Campaign.

We would like to cordially invite you to a press cocktail on 13.02.2007 in Mumokka, Museums Quarter, 1070 Vienna at 19.30.
If you would like to register/are interested, please contact: joannagodwin-seidl@viennatheatreproject.at

As well as actresses, organisers, and representatives of Women without Borders and SWI (www.frauen-ohne-grenzen.org) and LEFÖ (www.lefoe.at) will be there to whom this Gala evening is dedicated (as well as the V-Day Women in Conflict Zones charity).


V-Day Vienna 2007 and vienna theatre project present „The Vagina Monologues“ in the Kosmos Theater, Siebensterngasse 42-44, 1070 Vienna on the 2 & 3rd March 2007 at 19.30.

We hope to raise much publicity and awareness with this Charity Event and will be grateful for lots of press coverage.

Joanna Godwin-Seidl,
Artistic and PR Manager


We cordially thank the Rounder Girls, Ruth Brauer and the Kosmos Theater!


Additional Information:
V-Day 2007
In 2007, thousands of V-Day benefits are anticipated around the world. V-Day’s 2007 theme “Reclaiming Peace” seeks to make a connection between the worldwide anti-violence work of thousands of V-Day activists with our collective desire for peace/an end to armed conflicts. V-Day activists, known as Vagina Warriors, are women and men who have often experienced violence personally or witnessed it within their communities and dedicated themselves toward ending such violence through effective, grassroots means. Often, their work takes place in conflict zones throughout the world, where they see how war exponentially increases violence against women and girls. V-Day 2007 productions around the world from Ethiopia to China; Indiana to India; Croatia to Finland will put forth this message of peace generating attention, newspaper articles, and raising funds to support their anti-violence work and dedication to peaceful means.

This benefit production is made possible by the generous support of The American Embassy Proceeds from this community event will be donated to LEFÖ, Women Without Borders and the V-Day 2007 Spotlight campaign.

What is V Day?
V-Day is a global movement to stop 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 sexual slavery.

Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. In 2006, over 2700 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.

Performance is just the beginning. V-Day stages large-scale benefits and produces innovative gatherings, films and campaigns to educate and change social attitudes towards violence against women including the documentary Until the Violence Stops; community briefings on the missing and murdered women of Juárez, Mexico; the December 2003 V-Day delegation trip to Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan; the Afghan Women's Summit; the March 2004 delegation to India; the Stop Rape Contest, the Indian Country Project, and Love Your Tree.

In Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, V-Day commits ongoing support to build movements and anti-violence networks. Working with local organizations, V-Day provided hard-won funding that helped open the first shelters for women in Egypt and Iraq, sponsored annual workshops and three national campaigns in Afghanistan, convened the "Confronting Violence" conference of South Asian women leaders, and donated satellite-phones to Afghan women to keep lines of communication open and action plans moving forward. Through the Karama program based out of Cairo, V-Day works in-depth to build networks ending violence against women and girls in Egypt, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.

The V-Day movement is growing at a rapid pace throughout the world, in 90 countries from Europe to Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, and all of North America. V-Day, a non-profit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. In its first year of incorporation (2001), V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities." In eight years, the V-Day movement has raised over million.

The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. www.vday.org

PLEASE NOTE: This information gets updated from time to time so, for the most current version of either of these statements, please visit the “V Day” section of www.vday.org.

What is the Worldwide Campaign?
The V-Day Worldwide Campaign is a catalyst for mobilizing communities to heighten awareness to stop violence against women and girls. Local V-Day organizers around the world use both art and activism to shift traditional attitudes towards women and violence.
Through benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues on or around V-Day (Feb 14) a V-Day event provides a way for diverse, local women, activists and actors to collaborate and express universal ideas and emotions regarding violence against women in their own unique way, tailored to their individual experiences and their specific audiences. The proceeds from these events are donated directly to local organizations in the community that are working to stop this violence

V Day Vienna is a local effort within the worldwide context of V Day’s 2007 Worldwide Campaign.

What are “The Vagina Monologues”?
Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998. A special V Day edition of the play was released in February 2001.

To learn more about V Day vienna e-mail the organization at office@viennatheatreproject.at. To learn more about V Day, the V Day Worldwide Campaign or the V Day College Campaign, visit www.vday.org.



 
 

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