The first run of The Vagina Monologues in 1996 gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence). With creativity and determination, V-activists around the world tirelessly work to end harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery. On February 14 of each year, artists around the world honor V-Day with a recreation of The Vagina Monologues. In recent years, the show has grown to include spoken word pieces and monologues from the community.
V-Day East Bay brought The Vagina Monologues to life with an amazing cast and collaborators. Performing in the Vagina Monologues was a deeply compelling experience for me, one that was enlivened by laughter and attitude emerging from the intensity of the stories we told on stage. All ticket sales benefit the Building Futures Women's Shelter and The Medea Project: Theatre for Incarcerated Women. I am honored to have been invited to share a spoken word piece that speaks to my experience as a gender queer / non-binary person. Working on this piece gave me an opportunity to reflect on the stories of my life and discover the artful wisdom within.
My Name is Shmee