The Vagina Monologues (V-Day Campaign) 2013Copyrighted Work
10th Anniversary Production.
We first produced this Obie Award-winning play in February 2003 during a week where we staged a series of high profile, high impact media campaigns, self-defence workshops, “Take Back the Night” marches that started at midnight, to highlight the dangers faced by women walking the streets after dusk, discussion forums, and art exhibitions and auctions.
For three more years since then, our sold-out production of the play was followed by several women coming up on stage to share personal testimonials of violation of their bodies, and the impact this has had on their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
The Vagina Monologues is an enduring healing event for all who participate, whether as audience members or as performers, and many women and men confess to having been changed forever by their participation.
Since 1998, Ms. Ensler and her publishers have allowed global artivists to “own” her work for three months every year, waiving the show’s performance rights so that community-driven productions might raise awareness and funds for local initiatives aimed at ending violence against women and girls.
In Kenya our shows have gone from strength to strength, and over the last decade many communities and universities have come together to engage in the powerful and important conversations this show generates.
In 2013, with permission from the publishers, we performed it at three separate venues between March and October; The Michael Joseph Centre, the Louis Leakey Auditorium (as part of the StoryMoja Festival), and at the Karen Country Club for their members.
All three productions were sold out, and we raised a substantial sum for our beneficiaries, who as in years previous, were a Nairobi-based domestic abuse shelter for women and children.