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February 07, 2011

Local Women Come Together To Support V-Day

What:  V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, will host its annual benefit performance of founder Eve Ensler's work, The Vagina Monologues.  This performance is directed by Julie James, and all proceeds will benefit Emmaus House in Hollister & Community Solutions.

Who:  Women of all ages, occupations, and ethnicities, have come together to create the ensemble that will be performing The Vagina Monologues on V-Day.  Performers who will be returning to the stage for the first time in nearly 30 years will be standing alongside newcomers and professionals to deliver this groundbreaking play.     

JULIE JAMES (Director) teaches theatre at Gavilan College, and is the founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company in Santa Cruz.  Julie's directing credits include Love Match, Raised in Captivity, I DO! I DO!, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Great Nebula in Orion, A Betrothal, and The Importance of Being Earnest.  Julie has performed with several theatres in the Bay Area, including Marin Theatre Company where she played Sally Smith in Me and My Girl and was awarded the Dean Goodman Choice Award for Principal Performance in a Musical.  Julie has also performed with Sierra Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, California Conservatory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, The Willows Theatre, and VITA Shakespeare Festival, among others.

GRACE CARDINALLI (Actor) is a wife, musician, staff member at Gavilan College, and a practicing Wiccan.  This is Grace's first play, and she says she could not have picked a better introduction into theater, with a wonderful, supportive and talented cast! 

KATHLEEN FELICE (Actor) is a lifetime Gilroyan and an alumna of the Gavilan Theatre Arts Association. She has performed in Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Crucible, and has worked as  assistant to the director in the Gilroy Community Theatre, Russell Hendrickson's Play House, and San Jose Children's Theatre.  After marriage and three wonderful children, Kathleen has worked as a professional costumer for the last 26 years with John Bisceglie Productions, Gilroy High School Theatre, and a San Francisco production in 2009.  This will be her first return to the stage after 28 years.

JACQUE JAMES (Actor) started out her theatrical career at Gavilan as an entering freshman in 1979.  She spent nearly 10 years working lights, stage management, and taking small roles.  Her last show was Pirates of Penzance at West Valley College in 1987.  Jacque returned to theatre in 2004, working as a stage manager and light board operator for Jewel Theatre in Santa Cruz.  This is her first time back on stage in nearly 20 years.

JOY JOYNER (Actor) is a Morgan Hill resident, and is making her California acting debut in The Vagina Monologues.  She is a Southern Ohio native, whose last performance was in 1995 with The Left Wing Players in Chillicothe, Ohio.  She moved to California 11 years ago after meeting her wonderful husband, Andy.  She spends her days as a full time mom to her 13 year old son, Nathaniel.  In her free time she enjoys volunteering at the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC) in Morgan Hill, and spending time in nature.

Kathleen ROSE, Ed. D., (Actor) will be appearing in her third V-Day performance, and making her first appearance on the Gavilan College stage.  Through her work as the Vice President of Instruction at Gavilan College, graduate professor in psychology and organizational leadership at Brandman University, and community advocate, Kathleen continues to provide encouragement to life -long learners.  Kathleen is pleased to be in this performance with such a strong cast of amazing women and is proud of our contribution to the community through this event.  "Together we can end violence against women and support a community where women can live safely and freely."

Where:  The Gavilan College Theatre at 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, 95020

When:  February 12, 2011 at 8:00 PM

How:   Adults $15.00    Students & Seniors $10.00

Tickets available at the Gavilan College Bookstore, BookSmart, & Garlic City Books.

Why:  V-Day is a global activist movement shattering taboos, raising millions and transforming communities to end violence against women and girls.  Annually, activists stage thousands of benefit productions of founder / playwright Eve Ensler's works.  Working at the intersection of art, social action and politics, V-Day empowers grassroots activists to become leaders, turning pain to power.  To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $70 million, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 11,000 community based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Egypt, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Pakistan and South Dakota.  V-Day was named one of Worth magazine's "100 Best Charities" in 2001 and Marie Claire's "Top Ten Charities" in 2006.  The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.  

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