Taking a stand against the abuse and violence

V-Day Petaluma hosts its sixth community production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-21 at Fourchette, 1435 N. McDowell Blvd.

“The Vagina Monologues” addresses women’s resiliency, sensuality and the social stigma surrounding abuse and violence against women and girls. V-Day Petaluma’s production will feature a volunteer cast who live, work or attend school in Petaluma. This year’s director is Jerry Patterson, director for V-Day Petaluma’s first production in 2009.

Eve Ensler, author of 1994 play “The Vagina Monologues,” began the V-Day movement on Valentine’s Day 1998 (The “V” stands for victory, vagina and Valentine’s) to demand an end to violence against women. Proceeds from “The Vagina Monologues” performances are mainly passed on to shelters or rape crisis centers.

Petaluma has partaken in V-Day activities for the past several years, most successfully in 2013 when the One Billion Rising movement began. Ensler called on the one billion victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence to rise up, dance and let their stories be heard.

Music and sound for the V-Day Petaluma production will be facilitated by DJ Val Richman.

The venue is sponsored by Fourchette and the production will benefit Guided To Safety. offers stage productions and documentaries to communities and campuses around the world for use in raising awareness and ending violence against women and girls, as well as to raise funds for organizations working to end the violence. It is estimated that one billion females will be physically, emotionally or sexually abused in their lifetime.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Fourchette is offering a “dinner and show” option for an advance ticket price of $32. For more information, visit

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