March 4, 2012
Contact: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
Email Gayle or 619-997-2495 / @PRProSanDiego
V-Day Benefit Production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues”
Presented at the La Jolla Playhouse on Sunday, March 18
(San Diego) – Despite decades of education and efforts to strengthen the laws and penalties, one in four women in the United States will still experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Over one million women each year are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner. Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police, and never prosecuted.
There were 16,876 reports of domestic violence made to San Diego County law enforcement in 2010, second highest in the state of California. In the past 15 years, approximately 200 people have been murdered by a current or former intimate partner in San Diego County. In 2010, 12 deaths occurred and 15 had died as of October 2011, many in murder-suicides.
As part of a nationwide effort to end violence against women, Leap to Success presents the San Diego “V-Day 2012” production of Eve Ensler’s acclaimed play "The Vagina Monologues" on Sunday, March 18, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the world class La Jolla Playhouse.
The cast features extraordinary San Diego women from all walks of life, from survivors of domestic violence to visible San Diego women like Emmy award winning news anchor Denise Yamada; and Alex Apostolidis, Sasha Clines, Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, Carey Hardy, Jess Johnson, P. Shekinah Perkins, Becky Robbins, Mary Lou Rodgers, Roby Warren. The production is directed by Roby Warren.
One hundred percent of the event proceeds benefit Leap for Success, which provides empowerment programs to San Diego women who are rebuilding their lives from domestic abuse, addiction, and homelessness.
Dana Bristol-Smith, founder of Leap to Success, said, “This production will delight you with its surprising humor and vital social message, while featuring volunteer performances by some of San Diego’s finest actresses, including our dear friend and champion Denise Yamada as you’ve never seen her before.”
All the performers and show production staff are volunteers; sponsors defray the hard costs. “It takes courage to get up on the stage, but we are all motivated by the opportunity to benefit the deserving women who have the courage to transform their lives,” said Bristol-Smith.
There are over 5,000 Vagina Monologues plays being put on this season alone across the United States including San Diego to raise money to stop sexual violence. Sixteen stories about women's experiences that evoke laughter, pain, frustration, sadness, fear and excitement. This is a movement that creates transformational experiences for both the actors and the audience.
Tickets are available online now. Tickets may be purchased and donated to domestic violence victims to permit them to attend. Tax-deductible donations may also be contributed in conjunction with ticket sales. For addition information, visit www.leaptosuccess.org
San Diego Sponsors:
Assessment & Plan Lifestyle Design
Blind Lady Ale House
Cheri L. Blair, Financial Advisor
Finding Your Voice
Fleischer and Associates Attorneys at Law
Greg Klamt Visionary Design
Shmirshky: The menopause book and support
La Jolla Playhouse