Tahoe SAFE Alliance Announces Two-Night Benefit Production of The Vagina Monologues

NORTH LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE – February 13, 2012— Tahoe SAFE Alliance, formerly Tahoe Women’s Services, announces a benefit production of its 7th showing of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, on behalf of the V-Day 2012 Campaign. This two-night performance will be held March 9th & 10th, 2012 at the Community Arts Center in downtown Truckee with doors at 7:00 pm.  The Vagina Monologues includes an ensemble cast of community members reading character-driven pieces, like poetry, each revealing different women’s experiences with topics such as sex, love, tenderness, embarrassment, cruelty, pain and pleasure.  Tickets are $25/General Admission and $20/Students and can be purchased online at www.tahoesafealliance.org/v-day.  Wine and baked goods donated by local businesses will be available for purchase.  All money raised at the event will support programs that reduce the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

What began as an off-Broadway one-woman show in 1996, The Vagina Monologues has grown to be a world-wide phenomenon with thousands of performances being conducted around the world.  The Vagina Monologues and the V-Day 2012 Campaign has one goal: to end violence against women. It creates dialogue and shatters taboo around violence against women and girls. Tahoe SAFE Alliance believes it has the ability to change lives and is an important vehicle to empower and emphasize self-confidence to women and young girls in our community.  Tahoe SAFE Alliance encourages women to come with their mothers, daughters, girlfriends, and yes even the men in their lives.

In a recent public interview, Eve Ensler commented about the continued success of her play more than 15 years after it first opened in New York, “Women’s empowerment is deeply connected to their sexuality. The story of your vagina is the story of your life and women want to talk about their lives.”

Men are also encouraged to attend.  According to Ensler, “Men have daughters; they feel they can actively be involved because they feel they can do something to change the destiny of their daughter’s lives.  Unless men are active allies, we’ll never end violence against women and girls.”

Local Businesses Show Support

Dragonfly in downtown Truckee is showing its support of the V-Day celebration by offering 25% off to performance attendees on both Friday and Saturday night. Guests must show their ticket confirmation to get the discount.  The Dragonfly menu is an eclectic blend of Thai, Japanese, Indian and Malaysia influences, all of which combine to create a delicious dining experience.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.  Reservations strongly recommended by calling 530-587-0557.

The Vagina Monologues is sponsored by Darlene Pearson-Bray; Karen Sage; Bella Lago Aesthetics; Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & Zanobini; Jeannine Gallant and The Banker’s Network; Tahoe Forest Hospital District; Dr. Barry Triestman at American Center for Longevity, Nutrition, Chiropractic and Sports Injuries; Mama Diva Productions; LilliAtilt Designs; Dr. Karen Kucharski; Tahoe City Dental Group; Heidi Doyle in honor of Dina Marshal; Renewal Dermatology and Laser; and Ring Around the Rosie.

 The Vagina Monologues is directed by Tahoe SAFE Alliance Board Member, Darlene Pearson-Bray.  Darlene has directed several of the agency’s benefit productions including My Name Ain’t Betty Crocker in 2009, and Voices and the Spanish-translation of The Vagina Monologues in 2010.  Darlene’s has more than three decades of theater production experience and believes The Vagina Monologues is therapeutic and empowering to members of the cast as well as individuals that come to the performance.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance’s The Vagina Monologues Crew and Cast

 Darlene Pearson Bray- Director

Cynthia Villalobos- Producer and Stage Manager

Maggie Wattle – Announcer

Emily Griffith- Ensemble

Alice Lassiter-Thorn – Ensemble

Barb Hill – Ensemble

Teresa Bryan- Ensemble

Sophie Muller- Hair

Claire Woodsley- The Flood

Teresa Crimmins- The Vagina Workshop

Christin Wilcox- Because He Liked to Look at It

Katie Mize – What if I Told You I Did Not Have a Vagina

Jamie Olive- My Angry Vagina

Kelly Byrd – Little Coochie Snorcher That Could

Kristin Erickson – My Vagina Was My Village

Shawn Wille – Reclaiming Cunt

Penny Ferris Pavel – Six Year Old Girl

Andrea Wilkens – Six Year Old Girl

Sarah Poynter- The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy

Kathy Muonio- I Was There In the Room

 About V-Day

 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, and sex slavery

About Tahoe SAFE Alliance

 Established in 1985, Tahoe SAFE Alliance is a community-based organization providing direct services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and other individuals in crisis. Tahoe SAFE Alliance is currently the only agency providing assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region of California and Nevada. Tahoe SAFE Alliance provides the community with confidential support through our 24-hour Help Line, legal advocacy, a safe house, a children’s program, support groups and a violence prevention program. All information and services are free of charge and available to men, women and children in English and Spanish.

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