This Weekend: A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant And A Prayer

Friday, April 26, 2013
Front: Vanessa Vrtiak, Jennifer Bravo. Second row: Savannah Edwards, Matthew Lutwen, Klark Swan. Back row: Christin Hunter, Sofia Pereira, Sergio Coelho, Raven Oliver. KLH | Eye

Front: Vanessa Vrtiak, Jennifer Bravo. Second row: Savannah Edwards, Matthew Lutwen, Klark Swan. Back row: Christin Hunter, Sofia Pereira, Sergio Coelho, Raven Oliver. KLH | Eye

HSU – This past February marked the 15th anniversary of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. On Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. at the Native Forum at HSU, and Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at the Eureka Woman’s Club, there will be a V-Day benefit production of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer  directed by Vanessa Pike-Vrtiak and Savannah Edwards.

MMRP is a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. This uplifting event features a cast of fierce women and men who will break down the fourth wall and explore raw emotion with the audience. Spend an evening filled with storytelling and music that will touch your heart and remind you of the importance of awareness and action.

This V-Day production at the Native Forum and the Eureka Woman’s Club will benefit Six Rivers Planned Parenthood’s Spare Change and Paso A Paso. Six Rivers Planned Parenthood’s Spare Change is a program where teens teach their peers about the realities and responsibilities that come with their developing sexuality, including healthy relationships.

Paso A Paso is a Eureka-based program serving Latino families through prenatal education, breastfeeding classes and support, and parenting classes at St. Joseph Hospital.

This will be the first performance in Humboldt County of A Memory A Monologue A Rant A Prayer.

The play is unique from the Vagina Monologues, because men’s voices are incorporated throughout the production. “When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Ensler. “Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign. When we come together to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.”

 

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