It’s that time of the month! The Vagina Monologues are back, this time with the Filipinas version, taking the stage on Sunday, April 25 at the Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.
Presented by Ted Benito/PAE Live! and TDRZ Productions, Inc., the inaugural show of PAE Live!’s features an all-Filipina cast for a one-night only benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues, the award-winning play based on V-Day founder and playwright Eve Enslers’s interviews with more than 200 women. The stories are funny, touching, raw and very real, celebrating the sexuality and strength of women everywhere. For the past 12 years, through the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives.
This year’s cast of The Vagina Monologues: Filipinas 2010 pulls together iconic Filipinas from the world of entertainment, including:
* Tia Carrere (actress and Grammy award winning artist for Best Hawaiian record Ikena)
* Actress Jennifer Paz (double Ovation award nominee for Miss Saigon (winner) and The Last Five Years, and starring in the upcoming Road to Saigon)
* Actress Tamlyn Tomita (The Joy Luck Club, The Day After Tomorrow and the upcoming Tekken)
* Actress/singer/dancer Giselle Tongi (Nobody, Nobody But Juan with legendary Philippine Comedy King Dolphy)
Other performers include Lea Salonga (Tony, Drama Desk, Laurence Olivier award winner for Miss Saigon), and actress, recording artist and singer/songwriter Becca Godinez.
Net proceeds from The Vagina Monologues: Filipinas 2010 production will benefit the Likhaan Center for Women’s Health. Based in the Philippines, the organization is a collective of grassroots and professional activists dedicated to improving the health and rights of disadvantaged women and their communities. Established in 1995, Likhaan develops community organizing campaigns, advocates for health policies and programs that empower women, and runs women’s clinics that includes counseling of victims of domestic and sexual violence.
“These women want to make a definite statement,” says executive producer Ted Benito of The Vagina Monologues cast. “They are coming together in sisterhood to stand against domestic and sexual violence. It’s a sensitive topic, in general, but when you read about the atrocities being committed towards women in certain parts of the world, it’s especially empowering to know that our artists here can make a difference in their own way, and that we as a community can join in supporting their efforts.”
The Vagina Monologues: Filipinas 2010 is a part of the worldwide V-Day movement, in which V-Day benefit events take place throughout the year to help increase awareness, raise funds and support existing anti-violence against women organizations. One in three women in the U.S. and around the world are affected by sexual violence, and with more than 4,200 V-Day benefit events taking place last year alone, to date, the V-Day movement has raised more than $60 million for local and international beneficiaries working to end violence against women and children. The international V-Day movement has crafted educational media and PSA campaigns, reopened women’s shelters and funded more than 6,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses around the world, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Kenya, Iraq, and even here in the U.S. in South Dakota.
Tickets for the The Vagina Monologues: Filipinas 2010 are on sale now. Get them at the Aratani Theater box office in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, or at www.jaccc.org or by calling (213) 680-3700.
For more info on the worldwide anti-violence campaign, visit www.vday.org.