TVM How to Stage a TVM Benefit Event - Rules & Guidelines

How to Stage a V-Day Benefit of The Vagina Monologues - Rules, Guidelines Info In 2019, staging a production of The Vagina Monologues or A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer is more than just a thea...


How to Stage a V-Day Benefit of The Vagina Monologues - Rules, Guidelines & Info

In 2019, staging a production of The Vagina Monologues or A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer is more than just a theatrical experience; it is an ARTISTIC UPRISING, a RADICAL act, an ACT OF RESISTANCE.

This year* marks the 20th anniversary year of The Vagina Monologues and V-Day
(14 February 2018 - 14 February 2019).

Twenty years ago, women's reactions to The Vagina Monologues launched V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender & gender non-conforming). Today, the movement is more active than ever, with the worldwide V-Day activists at its core producing art for social change, activating communities & colleges, raising crucial funds for rape crisis centers & domestic violence shelters, local programs for transgender youth at risk of sexual violence, for immigrant women and girls, and so for many more causes that reflect the needs of their communities.

V-Day activists stage benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, during the month of February, in their colleges and communities, raising funds and awareness for local anti-violence groups. They also produce Rising events in their communities via the One Billion Rising campaign, that was launched in 2013 (V-Day's 15th anniversary), to galvanize community action around ending violence against women, taking events and actions out of the theater and into the streets.

Activists infuse their productions with the spirit of V20: Rise, Resist, Unite, producing the play in radical spaces including city halls, houses of worship, and even in front of Trump Tower. They platformed Resistance within their productions collaborating with a range of local anti-violence groups, including groups working to end campus sexual assault, Say Her Name and Black Lives Matter, groups working to support refugees and immigrant rights, end mass incarceration, promote fair pay and economic justice issues for women workers and many more. They amplified and uplifted the most marginalized identities and narratives within their communities, centering their identities on stage and harnessing the power of The Vagina Monologues to create a space for critical conversations and voices. Cast members included formerly incarcerated women, women workers, Indigenous women, immigrant women, transgender women and gender non-conforming folks. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR PRODUCING A V-DAY BENEFIT OF THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES:

Failure to adhere to these rules will result in V-Day's rescinding permission for you to present a V-Day event.

Most Important:

  • Organizers must register for the rights to host ANY V-Day event EVERY year.
  • We encourage organizers to work collaboratively with all other V-Day events in your area. We will be putting you in touch with one another!
  • Performances of The Vagina Monologues should happen between 1 February and 8 March ONLY.  For out of season options, visit http://www.eveensler.org/plays/the-vagina-monologues/
  • You must adhere to the 2019 script (available for download on the V-Spot after approval). The play must be performed from start to finish and no pieces can be taken out. No self-written pieces may be added.

Money:

  • You must donate any proceeds raised at your event. 90% of net profits to local organizations working to end violence against women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming) Donate 10% to the Spotlight Campaign: Women in Prison, Detention Centers, and Formerly Incarcerated Women
  • Charge an admission fee for your production unless given special permission by writing to campaigns@vday.org
  • Organizers & all supporting teams should NOT be paid. (Union technical staff contracted by venue is the only exceptions.)
  • Keep production costs down. Donation goal should be 91 cents of every dollar.

Beneficiary:

  • REQUIRED - Choose a LOCAL organization working to end violence against women & girls (cisgender, transgender & gender non-conforming), as outlined in the beneficiary guidelines, NOT a large national nonprofit or international NGO.
  • Invite your beneficiary to participate in your activities, outreach and publicity.

Organizer requirements:

  • Only ONE organizer is approved for each event.
  • We require an active email address that can be shared publicly.

Venue:

  • Your venue must coincide with your group affiliation (college, community or high school) unless otherwise approved by the Directors of the Campaigns. (campaigns@vday.org)

Scripts:

  • Use ONLY the 2019 version of the scripts for your event. NO books or previous scripts are authorized.
  • No edits are allowed to monologues or introductions AT ALL. No changes to the order they appear in the script. 
  • No additions to the scripts are allowed unless specified in the guidelines.
  • Do not reproduce any scripts for any purpose other than V-Day events.
  • All V-Day events should not exceed 90 minutes.
  • Performances should be done without intermissions.
  • Maximum of 3 performances. No exceptions.

Casting:

  • A minimum of 5 people in your TVM performances. No maximum & we encourage you to include as many people as possible. No one should be turned away from participating in your event in some capacity.
  • Strive for diversity of all kinds.
  • No acting experience is necessary.
  • All women and non-binary folks are invited to audition, and bring in their individual identities and experiences to their performance; participation does not involve vagina-essentialism, but a connection to the themes and narratives expressed in the play. No cisgender men acting, but please include and encourage their involvement in other elements of your production. We leave it to you to make the casting decisions for your individual production. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and write to us at campaigns@vday.org .

Publicity:

  • You must use your correct event title, as it appears on the top of your V-Spot login, in all publicity.
  • Please adhere to the ‘Identify Your Event’ document provided on the V-Spot.
  • Absolutely no excerpt performances of any plays for promotional purposes or otherwise.
  • No filming of events beyond 3-minute publicity limits outlined in “Publicity” section of the V-Spot.
  • Your official event name will be: V-Day [your college/city name/youth group] The Vagina Monologues 2019.

If you would like to produce The Vagina Monologues outside the month of February, please visit: http://www.eveensler.org/plays/the-vagina-monologues/.

If you have any questions, please contact campaigns@vday.org

To learn more about V-Day, click here

*As part of recognizing 20 Years of the Movement to End Violence Against All Women and Girls, our team has created social media and video content, that you can utilize to promote your event locally, visit http://www.vday.org/v20creative