How to Stage A V-Day Benefit of
A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, & A Prayer - 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 by 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 HOSTING BENEFIT PERFORMANCES OF A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT, AND A PRAYER:
Failure to adhere to these rules will result in V-Day's rescinding permission for you to present a V-Day event.
- You must register for the rights to host ANY V-Day event EVERY year.
- You must work collaboratively with all other V-Day events in your area. We will be putting you in touch with one another!
- Performances of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer should happen between 1 February and 8 March ONLY. For options out of season, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
· You must donate any proceeds raised at your event. 90% of net profits to local organizations working to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender and gender non-confirming). 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 email@example.com
- Organizers & all supporting teams should NOT be paid. (Union technical staff contracted by venue are the only exceptions.)
- Keep production costs down. Donation goal should be 91 cents of every dollar.
- You must choose a LOCAL organization working to end violence against women & girls (as outlined in the beneficiary guidelines) NOT a large national or international NGO. You can also consider organizations that are working with men on ending violence, like A Call to Men.
- Include your beneficiary in your activities, outreach and publicity.
- Only 1 organizer is approved for each event. (We encourage you to have a team but need to have one person who is overseeing the production in its entirety.)
- We require an active email address that can be shared publicly.
- Incomplete follow up reports will result in denial of any future applications.
- Your venue must coincide with your group affiliation (college, community or high school) unless otherwise approved by the Acting Directors of the Campaigns. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Use ONLY the current season version of the script for your event. NO books or previous scripts are authorized.
- Choose between 5 & 10 monologues out of the MMRP collection, but do not edit the monologues themselves.
- No additions to the scripts are allowed unless specified in the guidelines.
- Do not reproduce any script 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.
- A minimum of 5 people in your MMRP 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.
- Casting is open to folks of all gender identities.
- Strive for diversity of all kinds.
- No acting experience is necessary.
- You must use your correct event title, as it appears on the top of your V-Spot login, in all publicity.
- You must adhere to ‘Identity & Social Networking Guidelines’ 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] “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer”.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
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