For 20 years, the global activist movement V-Day has raised funds to end violence against women and girls. The fight continues this week with performances of "The Vagina Monologues" at Bakersfield Community Theatre.
V-Day Bakersfield has drawn local performers and activists for the past 15 years to stage benefit productions of Eve Ensler's play, which the New York Times described as "probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade."
To date, it has raised $57,000 for organizations that work to end violence against women and girls, including the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault and Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
Local efforts have been part of a global movement across more than 200 countries and territories to raise consciousness, change laws to protect women and girls, fund rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters as well as other causes.
The local production will feature performances by: Katelyn Evans, Heather McCarthy, Erandy Frias, Nickole Mensch, Deva Wiloth, Lucy Cruz, Raya Thomason, Tammy Lynde, Amanda Carillo, Cindy Lopez, Kamee Snowden, Alishia Woodall, Jessica Flores, Lexi Philippi, Beth Clark, Lori Renee, Uronda Wright, Teresa Rimmer, Belen Carrasco, Michelle Moreno, Katie Irwin and Danielle Velling.
In addition, there will be a V-Men performance with an original piece by Austin Still and Ensler's "Man Prayer" read by Karl Wade or James Dethlefson, depending on the night.
Frontier High School's Titan Theatre Troupe will also present a short scene of Shakespeare’s lines reimagined in "She Persists," created by Frontier student Shelby Perlis.
Performances run Thursday through Saturday at BCT. Admission is $20, available in advance at vdaybakersfield.org or at the door until all tickets are sold.