We are pleased to present, for three nights only, a performance of Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues.
Dates: February 15th at 7:00pm, February 16th at 5:00pm and on February 17th at 7:00pm
Venue: Chinese House
The play – first performed Off-Broadway and in locations around the world by Ms. Ensler – dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement in women’s experiences. V-Day grew out of the play which exploded onto the scene in 1998, breaking taboos about women’s sexuality and shattering silence around violence done to women and girls.
Strong language and sexual content. Recommended for ages 16 and older.
Over these past two decades V-Day has had an improbable journey, charting a path that has been unparalleled – tens of thousands of communities and college campuses have staged benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues – and other works and campaigns created by V-Day – in over 200 countries and territories. From the Congo, where V-Day supports the City of Joy, a leadership center for survivors of violence where women can heal themselves, to One Billion Rising, the largest mass action to stop violence against women in history, to its work with a broad coalition of groups advocating for an end to workplace violence for women, including nurses, hotel workers, farm workers, restaurant workers and more, V-Day has its pulse on issues women face across the globe.
About Phnom Fem Fest
Phnom Fem Fest is a registered international VDay event, this year’s VDay spotlight is focused on ending gender based violence and supporting previously incarcerated women. All profits from Phnom Fem Fest go directly to Early Years Behind Bars, an initiative from a local human rights NGO that supports women, mothers and children in Cambodian prisons.
It was in 1996 when Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” premiered in New York City. More than two decades on, the episodic play continues to draw women together and inspire them to embrace their bodies and womanhood. During last week’s Phnom Fem Fest, “The Vagina Monologues” was brought again to Phnom Penh to empower Khmer women, writes Som Kanika.
Despite last year’s sold out success of the Vagina Monologues, director Shauna O’ Mahony felt there was room for improvement.
“It was fantastic, but we realized we still hadn’t actually been reaching a Cambodian audience,” she said on Wednesday’s final rehearsal for this year’s edition, opening on Friday at Chinese House.
This year, Eve Ensler’s 1998 show based on interviews with over 200 women is just one part of Cambodia’s first feminist art festival, Phnom Fem Fest, premiering this Saturday.