Friday, May 09, 2008

New Voice Company's V-Day Manila on June 1

New Voice Company, producers of the acclaimed “The Vagina Monologues” in Asia, is set to mount an unforgettable evening on June 1st--with a special back to back performance of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” (TVM) and V-Day’s new work--“A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer,” at the RCBC Theatre at 7pm. This one night event is part of the global VDay celebrations for 2008 and will raise funds for the Filipina Comfort Women group Lila Filipina.

TVM is Eve Ensler’s award winning international hit play. The New Voice Company productions in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo have been a huge success, and hundred of actresses have performed in either a commercial run or a fundraising event since 2000.

“A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer--Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls,” is a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle and commissioned by V-Day for the first V-Day: Until the Violence Stops festival, which took place June 2006 in New York City. All proceeds from the book benefit V-Day.

These diverse voices of men and women rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down. The volume features such authors and topics as: Edward Albee on the “perfect marriage”; Dave Eggers on a Sudanese abduction; Carol Gilligan on a daughter witnessing her mother being hit; Susan Miller on raising a son as a single mother; Howard Zinn on memories of his father; Mark Matousek on growing up with women and learning to love and care for them; Mollie Doyle on her “first kiss”; Nicholas Kristof on being a male journalist and witnessing sexual slavery in Cambodia, and many more.

These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of how violence against women affects every one of us. TVM and “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer” are a call to the world to demand an end to violence against women.

V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of playwright/founder Eve Ensler’s award- winning play TVM. 2008 marks V-Day’s 10 year anniversary.

Fresh from her recent successful performance at V-Day’s 10th year anniversary celebrations in New Orleans where she shared the stage with international stars, New Voice Company Artistic Director Monique Wilson headlines the cast for this special one night theatrical event. Joining her are original TVM cast members Tami Monsod and Dulce Aristorenas, and regular TVM and V-Day artists Cherie Gil, Lynn Sherman, Lily Chu, Pheona Baranda and Mads Nicolas.

Joining V-Day for the first time are theatre veterans Joy Virata and Juno Henares. The event also features the voices and talents of Philippine theatre’s leading men--Jamie Wilson, Bart Guingona and Michael Williams and will also feature the young, talented members of the New Voice Company.

The show is produced by NVC Executive Producer Rossana Abueva, with Direction by Rito Asilo and Monique Wilson.

For tickets and more information, call the New Voice Company at 8966695, 8965497 or 8990630, email or visit and

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